A US Army second lieutenant sued two police officers in Virginia for a traffic stop in which they pulled out their guns, pointed them menacingly at him and sprayed him with pepper before throwing it on the ground and placing it. handcuffed him. The reason that justified such a degree of strength? Caron Nazario had tinted windows and did not have a rear license plate. Body camera footage from the December shutdown shows how Nazario, who is black and Latino, wore military fatigues during the shutdown and had his arms raised the entire time. “I actively serve this country, and this is how I am treated?” Nazario says at one point.
The video shows how officers pointed their guns at him as Nazario sat in his car parked at a gas station. Officers repeatedly tell Nazario to get out of the car. “What is happening?” Nazario asks repeatedly. Officer Joe Gutierrez said at one point, “What’s going on? You are riding lightning, son. The lawsuit declares that this sentence was a replica of the film The green Line and refers to the electric chair. “I’m really scared to go out,” Nazario said at one point. “Yeah, you should be!” Gutierrez answers. He then proceeds to several sprays of Nazario pepper. Nazario asks for an explanation of what is going on, saying his dog is in the back of the car choking on pepper spray. “It’s really messed up,” said Nazario.
Previously, Windsor Police Officer Daniel Crocker had telephoned the station saying he was trying to stop a vehicle but the driver was “escaping the police” and was considered a “road stop. at high risk ”. Gutierrez was passing by and heard Crocker’s call and decided to join. Nazario disputes the claim that he was attempting to pull away, claiming he had traveled less than a mile and was simply trying to stop in a well-lit area. By the time officers reached Nazario’s car, they could see he had a temporary license plate stuck to his rear window, according to the lawsuit.
After being sprayed with pepper, the officer manages to get Nazario out of the SUV. Nazario is clearly disoriented, but the officers keep yelling at him. “Can you tell me what’s going on?” Nazario asks repeatedly. “Why am I treated like this?” Gutierrez responded with “knee kicks” to the legs, which knocked him to the ground. “These cameras captured images of behavior consistent with a repugnant nationwide trend of law enforcement officers, who, believing they can operate with impunity, engage in unprofessional, discourteous abuse of authority, racist, dangerous and sometimes fatal, ”notes the trial.
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