December 14, 2014 9:00 pm -

And you wonder why police continue to have bad reputations.


A Texas police officer was placed on administrative leave on Friday after he reportedly used a Taser on a 76-year-old man after the suspect had already been forced to the ground.

The Victoria Advocate reported that 76-year-old Pete Vasquez was driving a work-owned vehicle back to his place of business on Thursday when 23-year-old Officer Nathanial Robinson pulled him over for an expired inspection.

Vasquez said that he explained that the car belonged to a car lot, and that the dealer tags made it exempt from having an inspection.

But dashcam video obtained by the paper shows Robinson using force to arrest Vasquez for what should have been a Class C misdemeanor. In the video, Vasquez pulls his arm away from Robinson, and the officer slams him into the hood of the patrol car. The two men disappear from camera range as Robinson places Vasquez in a hold, and then forces him to the ground.

According to police, Robinson shocked Vasquez with a Taser twice while he was on the ground.

“He just acted like a pit bull, and that was it,” Vasquez recalled. “For a while, I thought he was going to pull his gun and shoot me.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

25 responses to Texas Cop Tases 76-Year-Old Over Expired Registration

  1. tiredoftea December 14th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    A new low, even for Texas! I guess the young officer was scared that his grandpa level suspect might overpower him. Is there a thing called cop ‘roid rage?

  2. Hirightnow December 14th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    What a pu$$y…

  3. Carla Akins December 14th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    And this surprises no one, anywhere.

    • fahvel December 15th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      doesn’t being able to write that make you feel very very sad?

      • Carla Akins December 15th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        Yes it does

  4. whatthe46 December 14th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    that’s another FK’N shame. what the hell right did this bastard have to grab him over words. how would he like it if it were his grandfather. i hope the city gets sued and this b’tch loses his fk’n job. he has no idea what it means to have responsibility over another. if this is what happens to an elderly person (still working to make ends meet) then i’m fk’d.

  5. whatthe46 December 14th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    oh the irony. jamming to rappers who can’t stand cops.

    • Mephistophiles December 15th, 2014 at 8:22 am

      ‘I be rollin’…they be hatin’.’

  6. fancypants December 14th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I posted this in sunday open

    This story requires a double post ( click on picture )

    • whatthe46 December 14th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      yeah, i saw that earlier today. i love it.

    • Khary A December 15th, 2014 at 10:10 am

      When Nick Fury calls…you answer.

      • fancypants December 15th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        I haven’t heard from nick in over 40 years and don’t expect to any time soon

        • Khary A December 16th, 2014 at 9:15 am

          Well did you get the new phone update? You know they have one every 25 minutes or so nowadays?

  7. roscoboxer December 15th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    caption “23 year old Robinson always dreamed of being a police officer.”

    • whatthe46 December 15th, 2014 at 12:39 am

      this 76 y/o has grandsons, robinson should take a page from the other officers that have murdered the innocent and disappear.

    • fahvel December 15th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      and the nightmare came true.

  8. rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Robinson aspires to join the border patrol

    • fahvel December 15th, 2014 at 1:25 pm


      • rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 3:17 pm


  9. Larry Schmitt December 15th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    So if you think more cameras are the answer, think again. The dashcam didn’t stop this punk from bullying an old man over what should have been a ticket.

  10. Mephistophiles December 15th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Eric Frein has the perfect solution for this type of behavior.

  11. CHOCOL8MILK December 15th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Stuff like this will continue to happen as long as the bad cops are not held accountable for their actions. Additionally, it’s obvious that police training and entrance tests need to be revised. Thankfully, the 76 year old did not suffer serious injury or death.

    • fahvel December 15th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      the test is whether these things can put their X on the line at the bottom of the page.

  12. fahvel December 15th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Vasquez/robinson – any more need be said?

  13. Bunya December 15th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Everybody knows how mean and nasty those guys with lumbago, arthritis, atherosclerosis , and cataracts can be.