Social media is reacting to footage which reached online with a Black Lieutenant that was pulled over by two Virginia cops. He’s filing a lawsuit for the incident he received during the traffic stop. Caron Nazario is a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps and is a second lieutenant.
The mainstream media also caught wind of the incident and are upset that another incident of this sorts took place. “If police officers are willing to assault a uniformed Army lieutenant like Caron Nazario while they’re being recorded on camera, imagine what they’re doing to ordinary civilians when they’re not on camera (and often even when they are being filmed),” says CNN commentator Keith Boykin.
According to the lawsuit, he was heading home from his duty station when he was pulled over by the two officers while in uniform. Newsweek reported a few details of the lawsuit, stating that Nazario claims that the officers — Daniel Crocker and Joe Gutierrez racially profiled him and threatened to kill him in actions that might have adversely impacted his military career.
The incident occurred in December 2020. There is footage available from the body camera and Nazario’s phone. The officers did not provide a reason for the traffic stop as they demanded Nazario to come out of his car. Nazario tried to reason with the officers, but was ignored with pepper spray. The officers demanded that he take off his seat belt and step out of the car.
Late Sunday night, it was announced that one of the two officers responsible for the situation has been fired, and the Virginia governor has launched a full investigation into the traffic stop. According to the statement, Windsor police have stated that the department policy for use of force was not followed during this “high-risk traffic stop.” According to Nazario, he was not evading officers, but rather attempting to stop in a well-lit area.
Check out the footage below!