Was this a good reason to be tasered?
On top of that, the car was exempt from an inspection, meaning he didn’t have to have proper tags, just the dealer tags it already had.
The car was owned by a used car lot, and it was being driven back to the lot by a mechanic. A cop spotted the car with “expired tags” and pulled the 76-year-old mechanic over. The man exited the vehicle and tried to alert his manager so that they could resolve the misunderstanding. Apparently, the 23-year-old cop wasn’t all that interested in resolving anything and decided to fight with the man to the ground and taser him.
The incident happened Thursday after Robinson saw an expired inspection sticker on the car Vasquez was driving back to Adam’s Auto Mart, 2801 N. Laurent St., where he helps with mechanical work.
Vasquez got out of the car, which is owned by the car lot, attempting to get the manager. He pointed out to the officer the dealer tags on the back of the car, which would make it exempt from having an inspection.
Police dashboard camera video shows Robinson arresting Vasquez for the expired sticker.
When the officer first grabbed Vasquez’s arm, the older man pulled it away. Robinson then pushed Vasquez down on the hood of the police cruiser. The two fell out of the camera’s video frame, but police said the officer used the Taser on Vasquez twice while he was on the ground.
“He just acted like a pit bull, and that was it,” Vasquez said. “For a while, I thought he was going to pull his gun and shoot me.”
Vasquez was handcuffed, placed in the back of the police cruiser and taken to Citizens Medical Center, where he remained in police custody for two hours.
Here’s video footage of the incident:
Was that absolutely necessary? Why do these cops have to be so confrontational? They’re supposed to be the opposite of confrontational. They should make sure things don’t escalate out of control. This was an expired tag, not someone trafficking small children into sex slavery. And the vehicle was exempt, which means this driver did absolutely nothing wrong. The cop should have acknowledged his misunderstanding and let the man on his merry way.
Even the police chief said that this use of force was uncalled for. As a result, the cop is being investigated and was placed on administrative leave.