A video show of Virginia police spraying peppers on black and Latino army officers who raised their hands during a traffic outage.


U.S. Army officers have sued two Virginia police officers after a traffic outage in December. Police officers suggested pulling, pointing, spraying pepper, and using slang terminology to deliberately lift both hands and be sentenced to death. Break through the situation.

Windsor police in southeastern Virginia wore uniforms when Ensign Caron Nazario (a black and Latin man) held his hand over the driver and a police officer ordered him to leave Chevrolet Tahoe. I haven’t commented on the incident yet. Side window outside the local gas station.

Filed earlier this month in the US District Court in Norfolk Washington postClaims that if a police officer violates Nazario’s constitutional rights while parked and he reports illegal activity, the police officer further threatens to destroy the lieutenant’s military career “with a series of unfounded criminal accusations.” doing.

According to the proceedings, the video of the December 5 case was shot on both the officer’s body camera and Nazario’s cell phone.

“What’s wrong?” Nazario pulled a gun at a policeman who shouted at him to get out of the SUV as he approached.

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“What’s happening, my son, you’re stopping riding lightning,” said one person, using the slang term for the electric chair in the movie The Green Mile.

“I’m honestly afraid to go out,” Nazario told the police.

“Yes, you should be!” One argued.

Jonathan Arthur, a lawyer at Nazario, told The Associated Press that Virginia State University graduates were on their way home from work when the incident occurred.

“He’s definitely not doing very well,” he said, asking about Nazario’s condition.

Windsor police officer Daniel Crocker reported in his report contained in court filings that he encountered a vehicle with colored windows and no rear license plate. .. “

According to the proceedings, Nazario explained that it was not trying to escape the policeman that slowed him down, but looking for a place illuminated “from the policeman’s safety and respect for the policeman.”

The lawsuit said his newly purchased Tahoe was so new that it had temporary cardboard tags on both the rear and passenger seat windows.

Second Officer Joe Gutierrez was nearby when the Crocker called for him and chose to join the stop. According to Arthur, Gutierrez said it was not uncommon for Nazario to stay in a bright spot, “80% of the time, it’s a minority.”

I thought Nazario’s rear plate was visible under the glare of the gas station, but in the proceedings, Crocker and Gutierrez immediately left the squad and pulled their weapons, raising their hands high and pulling Nazario out of the SUV. I tried and asked repeatedly what I had done. Wrong.

The footage shows Gutierrez spraying Nazario with pepper several times while police officers continue to command him to remove his seat belts and get out of the car.

Nazario hurt his eyes when he resisted the urge to wipe them. “I don’t want to reach for my seatbelts. Please … I have my hands out, please-look, this is really messed up.”

After finally getting out of the car, Nazario continued to seek police supervisors and was killed in a “knee strike,” the lawsuit said, and then attacked and handcuffed several times.

The policeman searched for an SUV. I found a pistolHowever, I exchanged it after determining that it was legally owned.

After questioning Nazario, the proceedings threatened his military history with “knowing that criminal accusations would cause him,” and told him he would refrain from prosecution if he “cooled and let go of it.” ..

According to the proceedings, police officers changed or omitted details regarding the suspension in subsequent reports.

“These cameras captured footage of behavior that was consistent with law enforcement officers’ disgusting national trends. Law enforcement officers were rude, not professional, believing that they could act completely exempt , Engaged in racially biased, dangerous and sometimes deadly abuse of authority, “said the lawsuit.

Windsor town manager said both officers are still working in the department Virginia pilot.. USA TODAY tried to contact the Windsor police who didn’t answer the phone. Voicemail reported that the mailbox was full.

Contribution: Associated Press

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Virginia police threatened army officers with traffic outages, lawsuits said

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