VICTORIA, Texas - The infamous dashcam video showing a young Victoria cop throwing around a 76-year-old man and then shooting him with a Taser gun has now led to that officer being taken off duty, off the streets and placed on paid leave.
On Wednesday, for the first time, Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig talked about the officer accused of using excessive force in the case.
"He's just shy of a two-year member of our department. He has no history, no sustained allegations of misconduct," Craig said.
Victoria police held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding the investigation.
Pete Vasquez still has burns on his chest after a Taser was used on him twice. Vasquez was never charged or cited for wrongdoing.
The officer, Nathanial Robinson, is now under investigation.
On Wednesday, Victoria's chief of police gave Local 2 a timeline for that investigation and the criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers.
"My investigation, the internal part of it, I expect to be done within a week. I'm told by the Texas Rangers that they anticipate that the criminal investigation will be completed just after Christmas. They are separate. The criminal investigation will have no bearing on my administrative investigation," said Craig.
He also said they are determined to collect all the facts and that he visited Vasquez in the hospital to assure him he would conduct a full investigation into the matter.
Vasquez has now hired a law firm to represent him.
Attorney Rachel Messer told Local 2 she wants justice for Vasquez and she is hoping the Texas Rangers will file criminal charges against the officer.
"We do hope for a follow-up with criminal prosecution and we do believe (the officer's actions were unlawful. And I think a lot of people agree with that," said Messer.
Robinson is now on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the Victoria Police Department's internal investigation.
Vasquez has told Local 2 News he wants Robinson off the police force.
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