According to the police chief, there are no apologies to black and Latino army officers spraying pepper in Virginia.

Petersburg, Virginia — He said he felt sick about how the traffic outage happened at the end of last year, but the town police chief said Black and Latino army officers from Petersburg, Virginia, were arrested by two officers. He said on Wednesday that he didn’t think the soldiers needed it Official apology..

In response, Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario’s legal team said Windsor police chief Rodney D. Riddle had “continued a false story” in the case and accused their clients of initiating it. It was. They said the stop video “shows not” that their clients were just obedient.

“I’m going to own what we’ve done,” Riddle said at a press conference on Wednesday in Wight County, Virginia, in a community where Nazario stopped on his way home last December. Said. “My guys verbally escalated it and missed the opportunity to change the outcome.”

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When asked by reporters if Nazario was obliged to apologize, Riddle replied “unbelievable,” adding that the driver “would have obeyed sooner.”

In a video of a traffic stop at a BP gas station in Windsor, Virginia (about 50 miles southeast of Petersburg), police officers Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker pulled a gun, stopped due to lack of rear, and then drove to Nazario. I ordered you to get off. License tag. Nazario returned to Petersburg after the mission.

In the video, Gutierrez, who is closest to Nazario, repeatedly tells him to leave, and Nazario repeatedly asks why he was stopped.

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At one point, Gutierrez reached out to Taser and threatened Nazario with Taser’s idiom, “Counting to the Death Penalty.” He later sprays oleoresin pepper on his face with Nazario, commonly referred to as pepper spray.

Nazario was eventually pulled out of the car and handcuffed to the ground. Eventually, police officers noticed that the rear tag was taped to the inside of the rear windshield and let him go. According to the video, they told Nazario to keep quiet about the outage under the threat of facing more accusations.

It happened on December 5, 2020. Earlier this month, Nazario’s lawyer filed a $ 1 million proceeding against an officer in Norfolk Federal Court.

Gutierrez, a field training officer at the seven Windsor police stations, said: Dismissed after internal investigation Depending on the department. As Riddle said in the video, Crocker, a newcomer to the Force from Windsor, was disciplined for noticing that Crocker was trying to spread tension.

“If you’ve watched the video, Crocker will try not to escalate the situation verbally when changing pitch, tone, or attitude,” Riddle said, and has known Crocker since he was 14 years old. Added. “It’s someone who sees what’s important and has the qualities of being a policeman.”

Both Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting external investigations into traffic outages.

As for Gutierrez, Riddle said the decision to dismiss him was a combination of the findings and what the chief saw in the video. “As a result of all this, I lost confidence that he could be effectively involved in this community,” Riddle said.

Riddle did not tolerate how the situation was reproduced in the video, but defended the way police officers first handled the event leading up to the outage. In the proceedings, Nazario claimed that everyone was looking for enough lighting to pull him into a safe place, so he didn’t stop immediately when he saw the police lights.

“There was something that led to the traffic outage, and there was a specific action taken by Mr. Nazario, who raised a warning signal for those officers based on their training,” Riddle said. “They may be dealing with something that goes beyond the usual crazy outages. Those officers initially responded relatively well in my opinion.”

The chief said he had never spoken to Nazario or his lawyer about the case and added that he was pleased that no one was seriously injured while the car was stopped.

Nazario’s legal team begged for something different.

“OC spray hurts,” lawyers Jonathan Arthur and Andrew Bodeau said in a statement released by their office. “It’s painful to be threatened by the’count to the death penalty’. It’s painful to be told that you should be afraid to obey police orders.”

Riddle called his subsequent actions “a moment when he was taught how to not deal with such problems calmly,” and “it was inappropriate and created unnecessary fear for Mr. Nazario,” Riddle said.

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At some point in the video, I heard Nazario saying he was “afraid” to go out. Gutierrez replied, “It should be.”

“That was unforgivable,” Riddle said of Gutierrez’s comment.

Nazario’s lawyer claims to have followed the police’s stop request by showing that the client is looking for a safe stop using turn signals. They also stated that Nazario responded quickly to each command.

“Despite Lieutenant Nazario’s compliance, the officer’s decision not to convey information to alleviate the reasonable fear of facing Lieutenant Nazario’s gun continued the unilateral escalation of this interaction.” I read the statements of Arthur and Baudou.

“The chief continues to misrepresent the story and blame the victims,” ​​they said. “He claims that Ensign Nazario did not obey. The video shows that it is not.”

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