Black Army Officer Files Lawsuit After Being Held at Gunpoint by Police During Traffic Stop

Jordan Rose
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A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army is suing two Virginia police officers who pointed their guns and pepper-sprayed him during a routine traffic stop, the Washington Post reports.

The Black and Latino second lieutenant, Caron Nazario, states in the lawsuit filed last month that his constitutional rights were violated during the traffic stop in Windsor. Body camera footage captures both officers with guns drawn, screaming at Nazario to exit his vehicle without explaining why.

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Nazario can be heard saying “I’m honestly afraid to get out,” to which one of the officers replies, “Yeah, you should be!”

“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.

The Guardian reports that one of the officers, Daniel Crocker, said over the radio that he was attempting to stop a vehicle with no rear license plate and that Nazario was “eluding police” and should be considered a “high-risk traffic stop.”

As Nazario refused to leave his vehicle for his own safety, one of the officers reached inside and began pepper-spraying him, eventually forcing him to exit the vehicle.

Both officers are reportedly still employed by the Windsor police force, which is located 70 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia.