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A Victoria, Texas police officer is under investigation for excessive force after he stopped a man for an expired registration sticker.

The officer, Nathanial Robinson, 23, was placed on administrative duty Friday pending the outcome of an internal investigation into whether he violated the use of force policy when he tased Victoria resident Pete Vasquez, said Chief J.J. Craig. The officer was hired after graduating from the police academy two years ago.

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.

“Public trust is extremely important to us,” Craig said. “Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department.”

The internal investigation also will examine the details of the arrest. Driving with an expired inspection sticker is a Class C misdemeanor, typically addressed with a citation. Because Vasquez was driving a car with dealer tags, the car was exempt, Craig confirmed. Vasquez was released from the hospital without being cited.

Even if the officer was correct, which he wasn’t, a citation was all that was needed. An arrest was not warranted.

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When Amy Barnes rode her bike to the store to buy some butter, she never thought she’d end up in jail.

In the police dash cam video, Barnes is heard hurling an expletive as she peddles by while they question a suspect.

“(Expletive deleted) the police.”

Barnes, who was unavailable, admitted to FOX 5 News in October of 2012 of her actions.

“And I said (expletive deleted) the police and raised the middle finger and passed by.”

On camera an officer reacted to the profanity: “That ain’t happening.”

Police followed Barnes, arrested her and charged her with disorderly conduct then took her to jail.

Cynthia Counts her attorney says police were heavy handed on Barnes.

“She could have been given a citation, but was arrested, put in solitary confinement, for part of it, she was in jail more than 24 hours.”

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The judge dismissed the charge despite claims by police Barnes’ profanity offended others as heard on the police video:

“You see the little kids standing on the corner you think they care to hear your language.”

Barnes and Counts sued the county claiming violation of free speech. Cobb County settled for one hundred thousand dollars.

It doesn’t matter who is offended by the speech. Just because a person doesn’t like what you say, doesn’t mean you can’t say it.

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One law for the people. Another for those in charge.

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The video below shows officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham wrestling Keyarika Diggles to the ground while dispatcher Lindsey Davenport watches.

One of the officers grabbed a handful of Diggles hair and slammed her against the police station counter. Together they dragged her by her feet into a darkened holding cell.

Diggles, who was arrested on suspicion of unpaid traffic tickets, claimed she was left on the floor for hours without medical attention and subjected to a strip search.

The Jasper City Council fired Grissom and Cunningham shortly after the incident. Davenport, who apparently conducted the strip search, was fired later.

The grand jury has decided not to indict the former officers.

Diggles won a $75,000-settlement in a civil lawsuit she filed against the city and five other defendants – including the two officers. Her attorney, Cade Bernsen, said he was disgusted by the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers.

“We are shocked by the failure of the prosecutor to get an indictment,” he said. “I’m wondering what investigation was done because the video speaks for itself.”

Their actions warranted their firing, yet the video isn’t enough to prove they should be arrested and tried. If these men had done this on the street and weren’t officers, they would have been arrested and tried. Remember, this woman was arrested at her home for an unpaid parking ticket.

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FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver Police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend.

A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung tablet said police then seized his tablet, over his objections, and when they returned it to him, the video of the arrest was missing.

However, the witness said he was able to recover the 55 second video clip because his tablet had stored it in the cloud.

The police need a warrant to search electronics. They obtained the information through coercion. Always backup immediately to someone online, install the ACLU-NJ Police Tape app or, when you get home, try recuva to restore the file.

You can find updates to the story at FOX31’s website.

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