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U.S. army officer sues police over violent traffic stop

U.S. army officer sues police over violent traffic stop”

Per USA Today, Caron Nazario is suing Windsor Police Officers Daniel Crocker and Joe Gutierrez over claims they violated his constitutional rights during the stop, which was caught on body cam video that shows Nazario, who is Black and Latino, dressed in uniform with his hands held in the air outside the driver's side window as he told the armed officers, "I'm honestly afraid to get out".

Caron Nazario, 27, who is a black and latino second lieutenant, was pulled over on a traffic stop in the small town of Windsor, Virginia, in December previous year, after officers Joe Gutierez and Daniel Crocker claimed his SUV had tinted windows and no rear licence plate.

In body camera and cell phone video, Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario, still in his uniform, can be seen with his hands visible out of the window of his new vehicle. At one point, one of the officers yelled at Nazario to remove the seatbelt, but he responded saying "I don't even want to reach for my seatbelt, can you please?".

The suit says an officer radioed to dispatch that a driver without a tag was "eluding police" and it was considered a "high risk stop", and another police officer responded to the scene. Both of the officers involved have their guns drawn on him.

Nazario, suffering from the effects of the spray with closed eyes and hands raised, said: "That's f***** up".

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Mr Nazario's attorney said his client graduated from Virginia State University and was commissioned out of the school's ROTC programme.

According to TMZ, Nazario's dog was in the backseat and suffered from the pepper spray. Gutierrez acknowledged that Nazario's decision to drive to a lighted area happens to him "a lot, and 80% of the time, it's a minority", Arthur said, quoting the officer.

The officers shouted conflicting orders at Nazario, telling him to put his hands out the window while also telling him to open the door and get out, the lawsuit says. "My hands are out, can you please - look, this is really messed up", Nazario stammered.

"This is a colloquial expression for an execution, originating from glib reference to execution by the electric chair", the lawsuit states.

He then gets out of the vehicle, is placed on the ground, and is detained. Nazario, when exited his SUV, allegedly gets a knee-strike, which forces him to the ground. Nazario, who reportedly believes he was racially profiled, filed a lawsuit against Gutierrez and Crocker on April 2, according to multiple reports.



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