VICTORIA, Texas (CNN) — An elderly Texas man was tased by a police officer during a traffic stop — and the entire incident was caught on camera.
At 76 years old, Pete Vasquez stands just 5’5″ tall and weighs a slight 145 pounds. Now, he’s at the center of a police dashcam video that is causing outrage in Victoria, Texas.
The video shows Officer Nathanial Robinson arresting Vasquez. But in the process of doing so, he suddenly throws the elderly man onto the hood of the car, pulls him to the ground and tases him.
Vasquez says the officer acted more like a pit bull than an officer.
“I’m putting the handcuffs, put your hands on the back of your back, and I turn around and he pulled that taser and he shot me with it and you know it looked like he’s enjoying that you know,” said Vasquez.
Larry Urich watched the whole thing from just a few feet away. He says the officer was questioning Vasquez about an expired inspection sticker on the car he was driving. But he says when Vasquez tried to explain he was driving a dealer’s car that had dealer’s plates and he didn’t need an inspection sticker, the officer got angry.
“He grabbed Pete and tackled him, Pete didn’t fall down, he was tackled, his head missing the curb by about that far. And that’s when he tasered him,” said Urich.
Once down on the ground and already tased in the chest, Vasquez says the officer tased him a second time because he didn’t get up fast enough.
“He ordered me to getup and get up, so he could put the handcuffs on me and I couldn’t get up so he put his taser and he did it again,” said Vasquez.
The officer has been placed on administrative duty while the department investigates the incident.