Norfolk, Virginia (AP) — A police officer’s gun is trained by a uniformed U.S. Army lieutenant and raises his arms and stretches his palm when sitting on an SUV under the shade of a brightly lit gas station. I did.
Lieutenant Caron Nazario was pulled by two police officers in the Virginia countryside, who repeatedly demanded that they get out of the car. Nazario, a black Latino, did not move and constantly asked, “What’s going on?”
“I serve this country, and how is this treated by me?” He said at one point.
“Yes, what do you think? I’m also a veteran,” replied police officer Joe Gutierrez. “And I know how to follow.” Nazario said he was afraid to leave, but Gutierrez replied, “It should be.”
Within minutes, Nazario was sprayed with pepper, hit on his knees, pressed against the ground, and handcuffed. I have never been charged.
A video of the December incident, shot by a policeman’s body camera and Nazario’s cell phone, was released last week, causing anger and accumulating millions of views. Nazario has sued two police officers for violating constitutional rights during a traffic outage in Windsor, a small town in Virginia. Officer Gutierrez was also fired.
This episode was a harsh memory for many black Americans who were not necessarily protected from police abuse even in military uniform. In addition, there was a long history of violence against veterans and colored military personnel, and their military status was considered provocative by some.
Bryan Stevenson, Secretary-General of the Alabama-based Equality and Justice Initiative, said: “And there will be people who will be inspired by the achievements of black people … it can create a kind of desire to humiliate and demand obedience.”
According to the 2017 Equality and Justice Initiative, thousands of black men who served in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II were targeted, threatened, assaulted, or lynched for their service. it was done. report..
One is Sgt.Isaac Woodward, A World War II veteran in uniform headed home by bus in 1946. He was taken away and beaten by a white police chief in South Carolina, leaving Woodard permanently blind.
1962, Cpl. Roman Daxworth was killed by police while on a bus from Maryland to his home in Mississippi. According to Jerry Mitchell, the founder of the Mississippi Investigative Journalism Center, the bus driver called a white police officer to awaken the fallen Daxworth. The two struggled, and the policeman shot and killed Daxworth.
“His skin color has defeated his position as a military officer,” Mitchell said. “It goes through history.”
After being pulled on the Oklahoma Highway Patrol with his young son and undergoing a protracted search in 1998, Black Army Sergeant Rossano Gerald, who sued the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, showed that Nazario’s traffic suspension had not changed at all. Said that.
“We need to keep reminding people that this isn’t gone,” said Gerald, who won a $ 75,000 legal settlement three years after the incident. “We have to fight for our rights.”
In his own case, Gerald said he believed that his active military status only stimulated the soldier’s desire to show his strength.
“From my point of view, he wanted to prove he was in control,” decorated veteran Gerald said in an interview.
Ununiformed, Gerald handed over his military ID along with his driver’s license and told the soldiers to call the military commander in accordance with the military protocol.
Instead, Gerald and his son were put in a hot police car while soldiers repeatedly searched his car. At one point, the soldier asked the 12-year-old child if he had a weapon and sought the child’s putt, the proceedings alleged.
As a result of the search, no evidence of narcotics was found. Gerald was given a warning ticket for failing to signal a lane change.
Virginia Governor Ralph Norsam has requested an investigation by state police since the video of Nazario’s traffic outage was released. State Attorney General Mark Herring also requested the personnel records of the two police officers and the use records of the troops, among other documents.
K. Nyerere Turè, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Quinnipiac University, said:
Former police officer Turè told Georgia police that he had been pulled in his car in full uniform. He was quoted for driving beyond the speed limit by 5 miles (8 kilometers).
“And I understand that this isn’t about policing,” Turè said. “The race itself in America is better than our professional titles, honorifics.”
Richard Brookshire, co-founder and secretary general of the Black Veterans Project, said it is important to remember that racism exists not only in the private world but also in the military.
In February, Lloyd Austin, the first black Secretary of Defense in the United States, said Ordered After a number of former and current military personnel participated in the January 6th US Capitol riot, military leaders discuss troop extremism.And last year, the Air Force release Reports concluding black members of the branch are much more likely to be investigated, arrested, faced with disciplinary action, and dismissed for illegal activity.
“There is the same kind of police racial prejudice that appears in our community in the military,” Brookshire said. “It’s as important a conversation as if they were harassed by private police when they left the base.”