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The US military lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two Virginia police officers for assaulting when stopping traffic

By Rich McKay

(Reuters) – A US military lieutenant filed a lawsuit against two Virginia police officers in federal court over what the court papers claim was a violent car stop where officers pointed guns , knocking him to the ground, pepper spray and “threatens to kill him. him.”

The lawsuit, filed by military officer Caron Nazario on April 2 in US’s Norfolk District Court, against Windsor police Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker, allegedly violating his constitutional rights , including assault, illegal search and unlawful detention.

The video-recorded incident comes at a time of greater awareness of minority arrests and racial justice, amid an ongoing televised trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin follows the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody last month.

Calls to two police officers named in the lawsuit, the Windsor police station and Nazario’s lawyer Jonathan Arthur, were not immediately returned to Reuters.

Nazario, Latino and Black, donned his uniform and drove his new SUV with a temporary paper tag displayed on the back window on December 5, when he was asked to pull over on US Highway 460 in Windsor, Virginia, a town of about 2,600 residents and about 70 miles southeast of Richmond.

When a police cruiser motioned for him to stop, the lawsuit said Nazario wore a flash, slowed down and looked for a place with light to stop.

The lawsuit stated that an officer was broadcasting to announce that a driver without a tag was a “evasion police” and that it was considered a “high-risk stop”, and another policeman responded. scene.

Nazario stopped at a nearby gas station, less than two minutes after being signaled to pull over. During the parking process, which was recorded on a police camera and Nazario’s cell phone, Nazario told the police he was afraid of getting out of the car. An officer replied, “Yes,” said the suit.

An officer also said that Nazario was “trying to ride the lightning”, in a clear reference to the electric shock execution.

During the arrest, the lawsuit stated that Nazario raised his hand, not asking for a protest, but was violently sprayed with tear gas and fell to the ground and was detained. In the end, the sheriff responded to the scene and Nazario was released without charges, the lawsuit said.

After the conflict, the lawsuit said that officer Gutierrez said he understood why Nazario looked for a place with light to pull in, and said: “I see, the media is talking about the relationship. race between law enforcement and minority. I see. “

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