Northam said in a statement that what happened to Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario, who is also black and in uniform, “disturbs and angers him.” Nazario sued the two officers who detained him after they failed to see the rear license plate of his new truck. The traffic stop was recorded on the cameras that the agents carried with them and on the 27-year-old soldier’s cell phone.
In the lawsuit, Nazario claims that the Windsor police officers violated his constitutional rights.
“I am directing the Virginia State Police to conduct an independent investigation … We have done significant work on police reform, but we must continue to work to ensure that Virginia residents are safe during their interactions with the police and law enforcement is just and fair, “Northam said.
“I’m afraid to get out of the vehicle”
Nazario’s meeting with police officer Daniel Crocker began when, from his patrol car, that agent asked him to stop. According to the lawsuit and what Nazario told the police, he chose to drive a few minutes to a lighted gas station before stopping. He had the temporary license plate inside his vehicle and not on the back because he claims he had recently purchased it.
Once at the gas station, a second policeman arrived: Joe Gutiérrez. The two officers pointed their guns at Nazario and, in contradictory orders, asked him to get out of the vehicle and put his hands off it. With his hands out of the window, Nazario told them: “I’m honestly afraid to get out of the vehicle.”
“You should be,” Gutiérrez replied. “You are going to be arrested for obstruction of justice,” he told her at another time. Nazario, the video shows, kept both of his hands visible outside his vehicle. However, he did not get off of it.
After unsuccessfully trying to get Nazario out of the truck, Police Officer Gutiérrez sprays him with pepper spray. Once out of the vehicle, Nazario was kneeling and handcuffed.
“Eventually, after the defendants handcuffed Nazario, they picked him up and took him away from the vehicle and sat on a garbage can to begin an interrogation that was a veiled attempt to get Lieutenant Nazario to agree to his attempt to modify what happened to obscure his guilt and make see that Nazario was the one who was at fault, without making any attempt to read him his rights, Miranda, “says the lawsuit obtained by the newspaper The Washington Post. Windsor police had not responded to questions sent by the newspaper on Sunday.
In his complaint, Nazario seeks compensation of $ 1 million for what he alleges was a violation of his constitutional rights, a claim that adds to the incidents of police brutality in the United States and in the midst of the trial for the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of two agents.