Dashcam video shows Arizona police officer in a Tucson suburb, swerving the car around another police vehicle, speeding up and running over a suspect who was carrying a rifle. This incident occurred on February 19th, but it hasn’t been released until now.
Disturbing video appears to show police officer Michael Rapiejko using police vehicle as a weapon against armed suspect identified as Mario Valencia. Valencia was captured walking casually along the side walk with a rifle in his hand. You can clearly hear the police dispatcher saying: “Stand off! Stand off! The gun is loaded”. The next thing, the suspect gets rammed by the police car that ended up slamming into a brick wall.
Mario Valencia survived the crash, but he is facing several charges: for robbing a convenience store in Tucson, breaking into a church, invading a home, stealing a car and for stealing a rifle from a Wall-Mart.
The police officer, Michael Rapiejko was cleared from any wrongdoing and he is back on duty.
Although Valencia was obviously breaking the law, was it really necessary to use this much force?