October 10th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

Traffic stop outrage: Who is Officer Vicari?

The video begins with police pulling over a family for a seatbelt violation. It ends with officers smashing a window and tasering a passenger. The video itself was recorded by one of the two children sitting in the back seat. Susan Candiotti looks at the record of the officer who broke the window. He has faced multiple excessive force lawsuits, all of which were settled out of court. But some are asking: why was he still on the job?

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  1. robbie8194

    The officers did absolutely nothing wrong here. I am so sick and tired of blacks making everything a racial thing. When an officer tells you to get out of the car then get out of the car! Here's the deal, these blacks did not like any kind of authority and simply did not like being told what to do by a white officer, plain and simple. Get a grip people. The occupants were acting like a bunch of freaking idiots. If you act like an animal you will be treated like one. The passenger knew he had a warrant and did not want to get out of the car. The officers should have drug him out of the car after the first 30 seconds of him acting like a stupid fool and not obeying orders. This moron asked for an attitude adjustment and that's what he got.

    October 17, 2014 at 6:39 am |
  2. murzyn2014

    I am still waiting for the followup story. It appears that the man had an outstanding warant from LaPorte county in Indiana.from 2007. Maybe that could be a reason for him not wanting to show any ID.

    October 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm |
  3. philushie

    Reblogged this on philushie and commented:
    All parties are guilty by law...

    October 13, 2014 at 8:57 am |
  4. Alex

    Strong police unions are to blame. It's not very easy to fire an office, henceforth all these lovely settlements. It's a shame that officers such as these cast negativity among officers who try to do their job and are often in the minority compared to these ones.

    October 13, 2014 at 6:20 am |
  5. thebikeboy

    Cops who deliberately escalate an encounter, then USE that as 'justification' for ANY level of force, are craven cowards who deserve to have their citizenship revoked, and summarily exiled...say, to Darfur.

    October 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm |
    • bobusabob

      While I dont agree with the level of escalation and force... it did not help for the passenger to give the police a "f'off, i'm not listening to you." attitude. People, citizens as well as police, need to grow up. Serious lack of adult behavior, and a bad model for their children.

      October 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
      • okeymor57

        I do not see the need to order the family out of the car for seatbelt violation. He can either give them a ticket and send them on their way with the said seatbelt fastened. Or do what a real community police man would do – Educate them on the importance of wearing seatbelt. Making them aware it is for their own safety and safety of their children. Then give them a ticket. Two lessons will be learned:
        1. The kids will see police are not monsters who just bark commands at you but care for your safety.
        2. The parents will learn not to put themselves in a position to be embarrassed before their children

        This was an epic fail.

        October 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
        • murzyn2014

          Here in Hammond some people have outstanding warrents for a multitude of reasons. It only takes a few minutes to check if they cooperate.

          October 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm |

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