Police officers use excessive force on US army officer of Black-Latino origin

WION Web Team
Virginia, United States Published: Apr 11, 2021, 12:55 PM(IST)

Caron Nazario attacked by white policemen Photograph:( Twitter )

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'These cameras captured footage of behavior consistent with a disgusting nationwide trend of law enforcement officers,' the lawsuit reads

A US army lieutenant was subjected to excessive force by two police officers of the Virginia police department at a traffic stop.

The army officer, Caron Nazario, was stopped by the two Virginia police officers for not have permanent license plates in his new Chevrolet Tahoe on December 5, 2020. The army officer, however, claims he did have cardboard temporary plates taped to the inside of the rear window.

Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was dressed in his uniform and tried to find a well-lit area to stop when he was asked to pull over by Daniel Crocker, a Windsor police officer. Crocker, however, claims he thought Nazario was "eluding police" and he considered it a "high-risk traffic stop".

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The army officer said he wanted to stop in a well-lit area "for officer safety and out of respect for the officers," as per a report of the court filing.

Cocker was joined by Joe Gutierrez, who was passing by the same area when he heard his colleague’s call.

However, the lawsuit reports that the license plate was well-visible by the time the two officers reached the SUV.

Upon arriving near the SUV, which had been stopped by Nazario at a gas station, the officers drew out their guns and pointed them at Nazario, attempting to pull him out of his car.

"I don’t even want to reach for my seatbelt, can you please ... My hands are out, can you please – look, this is really messed up," the US army officer could be heard saying.

However, the officers continued yelling and assaulting the officer, while making racist remarks.

"These cameras captured footage of behavior consistent with a disgusting nationwide trend of law enforcement officers who, believing they can operate with complete impunity, engage in unprofessional, discourteous, racially biased, dangerous and sometimes deadly abuses of authority," the lawsuit says.

Nazario has now sued the two officers, demanding $1 million in compensatory damages as he believes the officers violated his rights guaranteed under the First and Fourth Amendments.

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