Caron Nazario: Virginia police officers threatened man during stop, lawsuit alleges

‘You should be’: Cops tell Black lieutenant who’s ‘afraid’ as they hold him at gunpoint, pepper-spray him

‘You should be’: Cops tell Black lieutenant who’s ‘afraid’ as they hold him at gunpoint, pepper-spray him

Body camera video shows Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was 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". When he told them he was "afraid" to get out of his vehicle, one of the officers replied, "Yeah, you should be". In the April 2 filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Nazario alleges the officers violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights during a traffic stop last December.

According to a report included in the lawsuit, Crocker radioed in that the driver was "eluding police" and that it was considered a "high-risk traffic stop", the Washington Post reported. He was commissioned out of their ROTC program. "These guys decide to do this to him". Asked about Nazario's condition after the incident, Arthur told AP: "He's definitely not doing too well".

The officers, identified as Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker, later claimed they pulled Nazario over because he had tinted windows and was missing a rear license plate.

An attorney for Nazario, Jonathan Arthur, said, per Vice, that one of the goals of the lawsuit is to send a message to police officers "that this type of behavior will not be tolerated".

Another officer, Joe Gutierrez, was driving by when he heard Crocker's call, saw him attempting to stop the SUV and chose to join the traffic stop.

After the altercation, the suit says that officer Gutierrez said he understood why Nazario looked for a lighted place to pull over, and said: "I get it, the media spewing race relations between law enforcement and minorities".

The lawsuit says by the time the two officers reached Nazario's SUV, the license plate was visible in the rear. Nazario has his hands up during the whole encounter.

"I don't even want to reach for my seatbelt, can you please?".

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The officers then attempted to pull Nazario out of the vehicle.

When the officers came close to the door and Nazario was still holding his hands out of the window, the traffic cops tried to force him out of the vehicle.

An officer also stated that Nazario was "fixing to ride the lightning", in an apparent reference to execution by electrocution.

"This is f*cked up; this is f*cked up", Nazario, who, according toVice, also filmed a video of the incident via a cellphone placed on his dashboard, repeats. Gutierrez responded with "knee-strikes" to his legs, knocking him to the ground, the lawsuit says.

In the lawsuit, filed earlier this month, the police officers were said to have "approached with guns pointed at the vehicle, gave opposing instructions to a uniformed soldier behind the wheel, and then pepper-sprayed him - all while threatening him with different charges and levels of violence for non-compliance", Complex reported.

"It's all right there in the footage", the attorney said.

Representatives for the Windsor Police Department and Saunders did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's requests for comment.

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