Army Lt. Nazario survived a police encounter that will ever change his life.
Caron Nazario, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was driving to Petersburg, Va., from a drill weekend the night of Dec. 5 when he saw police lights flashing behind him.
Too nervous to stop he decided to drive a mile up the road to a well lite gas station. Lieutenant Nazario, who is Black , after he felt safe he, pulled over and placed his cellphone on his dashboard, according to a lawsuit and video footage of the traffic stop.
Windsor police officers can be heard yelling orders at him.
“Get out of the car,” one yells as Lieutenant Nazario, remaining calm , asks why he had been stopped and why the officers had drawn their guns trying to deescalate the situation, with his hands in the air pointed out his driver side window.
“I’m honestly afraid to get out of the car,” Lieutenant Nazario says.
“Yeah,” says one of the officers, Joe Gutierrez, according to footage from his body camera. “You should be.”
Lieutenant then was , pepper sprayed, and arrested without explanation. And he had a constitutional right (as we all do) to be told why he was being stopped.
One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired. a Virginia town announced late Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation into the caseIn the statement Sunday. Windsor officials said an internal investigation opened at the time into the use of force determined that department policy wasn’t followed
Officials added that department wide requirements for additional training were also implemented beginning in January.
Town statement to the media ,
The Town of Windsor prides itself in its small-town charm and the community-wide respect of its Police Department,” the statement said. “Due to this, we are saddened for events like this to cast our community in a negative light. Rather than deflect criticism, we have addressed these matters with our personnel administratively, we are reaching out to community stakeholders to engage in dialogue, and commit ourselves to additional discussions in the future.”
HE didn’t comply!
There was no actual justification to make the stop. The 1st cop called it “eluding “The soldier explained that he was afraid and was immediately threatened and then assaulted.
First off Lieutenant. Thanks for your service and for protecting the American soil.
African American men or black men are not safe in America when it comes to law enforcement. The thought process of police officers pulling out guns out on unarmed black men seems all to reminiscent to slave catching. History is repeating itself , when will our government start protecting black human rights, along with civilians rights to give an explanation without escalation.
Source Washington Post