Rookie Cop Goes All UFC On Elderly Texan (VIDEO)

Rookie Cop Goes All UFC On Elderly Texan (VIDEO)

WARNING: VIDEO FOOTAGE IS DISTURBING

Victoria, Texas is the backdrop for this week’s latest installment of “Unnecessary Police Brutality”, and unlike previous high-profile abuses of power, this time practitioners of the right-wing media are not falling in lockstep behind the boys in blue. That is because Officer Nathanial Robinson took down and tased 76-year-old Peter Vasquez. It appears arm barring an elderly man before suplexing him to the ground is a bridge too far for the law and order crowd.

The traffic stop begins like any other. Officer Robinson, noticing no inspection sticker in the window of the vehicle, throws on the lights and pulls Vasquez over. The vehicle Vasquez was driving, belonging to his employer, had dealer plates, thus exempting the need for an inspection sticker. As Vasquez tried to explain this to Robinson, the officer escalated the situation by trying to grab papers from Vasquez’s hand. His resistance to having them ripped from his grip set officer Robinson off on a horrific tantrum that ended with Vasquez being slammed to the ground and tased twice. Not long after, other officers arrive on the scene and their interaction with and care for Vasquez certainly makes it seem as if they always knew Robinson would one day be involved in a situation just like this.

Victoria Police Chief, Jeff Craig, understanding the public relations nightmare about to descend on his department, took swift action in relieving Officer Robinson of active duty in favor of riding a desk while two separate investigations are underway.

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 11:12 am, Officer Nathanial Robinson initiated a contact in the 2800 block of N. Laurent Street in Victoria, on a blue Chevrolet Cobalt for displaying an expired inspection sticker. The driver, 76-year-old Peter Vasquez exited the vehicle and shortly after, a struggle ensued between Officer Robinson and Mr. Vasquez with both of them going down to the ground.

During this struggle, a taser was used by Officer Robinson to gain control of Mr. Vasquez and he was arrested. Mr. Vasquez was taken to Citizens Medical Center where he was released after a medical evaluation.

Victoria Police Chief, Jeff Craig, has initiated two separate investigations; a criminal investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers and an internal administrative investigation conducted by the Victoria Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Officer Robinson has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of these investigations.

Chief Craig states “The department places a high value in public trust. Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department. This is a process and one that requires a complete investigation to determine all the facts involved. I intend to follow a thorough process in collecting all the facts.” –

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 11:12 am, Officer Nathanial Robinson initiated a contact in the 2800 block of N. Laurent Street in Victoria, on a blue Chevrolet Cobalt for displaying an expired inspection sticker. The driver, 76 year old Peter Vasquez exited the vehicle and shortly after, a struggle ensued between Officer Robinson and Mr. Vasquez with both of them going down to the ground.

During this struggle, a taser was used by Officer Robinson to gain control of Mr. Vasquez and he was arrested. Mr. Vasquez was taken to Citizens Medical Center where he was released after a medical evaluation.

Victoria Police Chief, Jeff Craig, has initiated two separate investigations; a criminal investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers and an internal administrative investigation conducted by the Victoria Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Officer Robinson has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of these investigations.

Chief Craig states “The department places a high value in public trust. Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department. This is a process and one that requires a complete investigation to determine all the facts involved. I intend to follow a thorough process in collecting all the facts.” – Victoria Police Department Facebook Page

Late to the game but no less welcome, Jon Street of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze reports on this latest episode far more sympathetic to the victim of police abuse than that organization has been previously. The treatment of Vasquez at the hands of an out of control officer during what should have been a routine traffic stop is disturbing. The fact a 23-year-old officer felt he needed to exert such force on an elderly citizen should be a wake up call that our policing is, in too many instances, reliant on a ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ mentality that is anathema to the credo ‘To Protect And To Serve’.

Alan hails from the great state of Texas by way of Florida and New York. He began his news/OpEd writing career serving as the Community Editor of the Times-Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas while completing his Political Science/Spanish degrees. He later took his talents to a handful of online outlets where his writing focus was on Science, Health, and Technology. Addressing Politics, Foreign Policy, and Social Justice returns Alan to where his passions lie. Proud to be part of the inaugural team for Reverb Press, Alan looks forward to any and all feedback that results from his articles and features.

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Alan hails from the great state of Texas by way of Florida and New York. He began his news/OpEd writing career serving as the Community Editor of the Times-Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas while completing his Political Science/Spanish degrees. He later took his talents to a handful of online outlets where his writing focus was on Science, Health, and Technology. Addressing Politics, Foreign Policy, and Social Justice returns Alan to where his passions lie. Proud to be part of the inaugural team for Reverb Press, Alan looks forward to any and all feedback that results from his articles and features.

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