• April 19, 2024

Officer fired after Virginia traffic stop

A Virginia policeman is charged A black and Latin American military officer spraying pepper A Windsor city official said he was forced to the ground during a traffic obstruction in December.

Army Lt. Caron Nazario has filed a lawsuit against police officers Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker, filing for more than $ 1 million. The video from the officers’ body cameras and Nazario’s cell phone went viral last week.

Windsor, with a population of 2,600, has a police force of about half a dozen officers, according to the city’s website. After an internal investigation, Gutierrez was fired and additional officer training was conducted, Windsor Town manager William Saunders said in one statement Sunday.

“The city has also requested an investigation by the Virginia State Police into this incident and is joining elected officials who have requested a full review of the actions of these officials,” Saunders said, adding, “We are so sorry about what happened to put our community in a negative light. “

The Virginia Governor, Attorney General, a Congressman and the NAACP have been among those who have been indignant about the actions of the Windsor police in recent days.

A police report from the stop shows that officers stopped Nazario because he didn’t have a rear license plate on his new SUV, though the report adds that they saw a temporary sign on a window after the vehicle stopped.

The video shows the officers ordering Nazario, who was in uniform, to leave his vehicle in front of a gas station held up his hands through the driver’s side window. Nazario said he was afraid of getting out of the SUV, blasted with pepper spray and forced to the ground.

Police officer accused of pepper spraying Black and Latin American military officers fired

Later on the tape, officials say they will let Nazario go if he remains silent about the incident, but that he would receive additional fees if he complained. Nazario was later released at the scene and not charged.

Governor Ralph Northam issued a statement Sunday saying the incident “bothers and annoys me”. He ordered the state police to investigate.

In this image from the Windsor Police video, Caron Nazario is assisted by an ambulance after being sprayed by a Windsor Police agent after a traffic obstruction on December 20, 2020 in Windsor, Virginia, Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army is suing two Virginia police officers for a traffic obstruction that he says the officers pulled their guns and pointed them at him when he was dressed in uniform.  Caron Nazario says his constitutional rights were violated by the traffic obstruction in the city of Windsor in December.

The state-run NAACP highlighted an exchange in which Nazario said he was “genuinely afraid of getting out of his vehicle.” The officer then replies, “Yes, you should be.”

“We were horrified to see what is known as the traffic obstruction in Windsor,” said Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette Jr. “The fact that an officer charged with ‘protecting and serving’ felt encouraged enough to do so explaining is the root of the problem. This isn’t the first officer we’ve seen without fear of consequences for their actions. “

The group called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to pass a law that would make it easier for people to sue police officers and their authorities in civil courts for civil rights violations.

“The NAACP in Virginia firmly believes that the Commonwealth must end qualified immunity now,” said Executive Director Da’Quan Marcell Love. “The black Virginians can’t wait.”

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