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Texas Officer Fired For Using Taser On 76 Year-old Grandfather

January 6, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A Texas police officer was fired Monday for using a Taser on a 76-year-old man in a confrontation caught on camera in December.

A dash cam captured Victoria Police Officer Nathanial Robinson pulling over the elderly man, Pete Vasquez, outside a convenience store for driving with an expired inspection sticker.

Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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Vasquez told the officer he was driving a dealer’s car that didn’t require a current sticker, Click2Houston reports.

Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

While talking to Vasquez, Robinson abruptly grabbed the man’s arm, wrestled him to the ground and then shot him twice with a Taser.

Vasquez was taken to a hospital in handcuffs but never cited for any crime. The Victoria Police Department put Robinson on administrative leave while investigating the incident.

Victoria Police Chief Jeff Craig announced Robinson’s firing Monday, saying the trigger-happy officer violated the department’s policies on conduct and use of force.

“This is a very unfortunate incident for everyone involved,” Craig told Click2Houston.

Robinson might still face criminal charges.

Vasquez has five children and 20 grandchildren.

From The NY Daily News

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