A vulture is a carrion eater. Like most carrion eaters, it’s an opportunist. It lives by scenting out the easiest meal, checks for threats, and then swoops in to devour it. The carrion eater starts with the softest parts; the eyes, tongue, internal organs, or anyplace where the soft tissue is rotted or torn away. Only after attacking the most vulnerable parts of the carcass does the opportunistic vulture set to work on its harder and meatier components. And that, friends, is how we got from Ferguson, Missouri to Victoria, Texas.
This isn’t the first time, and indeed not even the first time this week, that Texas police have made the news for illegally inappropriate action. Less than 24 hours ago, we published the story of a Houston-area cop harassing an Open Carry protester, and trying to delete the evidence he recorded on his phone. But, let’s face it — Texas OC protesters aren’t exactly the most sympathetic characters, and nobody got hurt. Enter 76-year-old Pete Vasquez.
Vasquez works from time to time in the shop of a local used car dealership called Adam’s Auto Mart. He’s allowed to take the cars out from time to time for test drives and errands.
On his way back to the dealership, on the way into its parking lot, Vasquez was stopped by 26-year-old Officer Nathanial Robinson. Robinson pulled him over because the car lacked state inspection stickers. In the dash-cam video below, you can see Robinson approach Vasquez as he gets out of the car.
As he later told the Victoria Advocate newspaper, it was at this point that he explained that cars with dealer tags were exempt from having a current inspection sticker. He pointed to the dealership manager’s office, with a piece of paper in his hand.
Robinson (himself barely two years out of the police academy) attempts to snatch the paper from Vasquez’s hand, and fails. Then, he does what all police do when someone has the audacity to deny them absolute power and authority — he became violent, grabbing the senior citizen’s arm and twisting it behind him.
But this old man was no dying carcass, as the vulture soon discovered. He fought back, trying to pull his arm away from the scavenger’s grasp. A brief struggle ensued, during which time Robertson cannily pulls Vasquez to the ground and out of the dash-cam’s view.
“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.”
Good thing you didn’t “go for his gun,” Pete.
The dealership manager, Larry Ulrich, thunders out of his office. He said to The Advocate:
“I told the officer, ‘What in the hell are you doing?’ This gentleman is 76 years old. The cop told me to stand back, but I didn’t shut up. I told him he was a goddamn Nazi Stormtrooper.”
Robinson ignores him, and proceeds to handcuff Vasquez. Other officers arrive on the scene, and ask Pete for his side of the story. They check to see if he’s injured. An unidentified officer asks:
“Are you hurting anywhere?”
“Not yet. Probably later on. I’m 76 years old.”
From there, police took Vasquez to the hospital to be checked out. He remained in handcuffs all the way there, and at the hospital, until the call came in that they had no grounds to cite him for the Class C misdemeanor. He was released from custody at the hospital.
After the incident, Victoria Police Chief Jeffrey Craig confirmed that the car was in fact exempt, and that Robinson was wrong for stopping him. He also said that Robinson would be placed on administrative duty (desk work) pending investigation. Craig has personally apologized to Vasquez, and said this to The Advocate:
“Public trust is extremely important to us. Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department.”
The department posted a similar statement on its Facebook page, and started a thread for people to voice their opinions. “Within the established posting policy,” of course. It’s clear that Craig take public trust pretty seriously. Though most would suggest that if he wants to regain any degree of trust, he’d contact District Attorney (not Aerosmith member) Stephen Tyler.
Tyler told the Advocate that he hasn’t been contacted yet, but that Robinson could face separate charges of official oppression, injury to the elderly, aggravated assault and assault.
Official Oppression. Yes, that about seems to sum up law enforcement today. Maybe Obama Inquisitor and Tealord Larry Klayman will gather another Citizen’s Grand Jury and march to D.C. to hold trial on the White House lawn. “We The People officially charge the Police of the United States with Official Oppression.”
Well, we can dream.
But until then, felons with badges go unindicted, terrorizing the public. Like vultures, they first target the weakest and most defenseless among us. As scavengers, they pick clean the bones of anything resembling the concept of “justice ” in America today. But opportunists quickly become predators when the opportunity is right…and we the people, of all colors and ages, are simply meat for the taking.
H/T and Image: Huffington Post