Lawsuit: Virginia cops threatened Navy lieutenant during traffic stop

Lawsuit: Virginia cops threatened Navy lieutenant during traffic stop

Nazario stopped at a nearby gas station, less than two minutes after being signaled to pull over.

The bodycam footage from the stop shows that the man, Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was dressed in his army uniform with his hands held out of the driver's side window as he told the police officers, "I'm honestly afraid to get out".

U.S. Army second lieutenant Caron Nazario filed a lawsuit earlier this month against two Windsor police officers, accusing them of drawing their guns, pointing them at him and using a slang term to suggest he was facing execution before pepper-spraying him and knocking him to the ground.

During the arrest, the suit says Nazario had his hands up, offered no resistance, but was pepper sprayed and violently knocked to the ground and detained. He claims one of the cops told him if he complained, they'd throw the book at him with all sorts of charges - obstruction of justice, eluding police, assault on a cop, etc.

"Yeah, you should be", one of the cops tells him.

Police say they pulled Nazario over because he had no rear license plate, but the vehicle's temporary tag is visible in the police video.

When a patrol auto activated its siren and emergency lights behind Caron Nazario in December, the Army lieutenant says he was reluctant to immediately pull over.

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U.S. Army Lt. Caron Nazario was driving December 5, 2020, in his newly purchased Chevrolet Tahoe when he encountered police on U.S. Highway 460 in Windsor, about 30 miles west of downtown Norfolk, the active-duty soldier claimed in a federal civil lawsuit filed last week. The officers then attempted to pull Nazario out of the vehicle while he continued to keep his hands in the air.

Nazario got out of the vehicle and again asked for a supervisor.

Asked about Nazario's condition after the incident, Arthur said, "He's definitely not doing too well".

At this point, Nazario is sobbing. At that point, two officers approached Nazario, guns drawn, yelling at him to get out of the vehicle. The two officers struck him multiple times, then handcuffed and interrogated him.

"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. Windsor is a town of about 2,600 residents, located about 30 miles west of Norfolk.

The Windsor Police Department did not respond to a CBS News request for comment. No one answered the phone at a number listed for Crocker on Friday.

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