RICHMOND, VA. (WRIC) – The treatment of 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario during a traffic obstruction in Windsor, Virginia has attracted national attention and has sparked a $ 1 million lawsuit. Attorney General Mark Herring and the Civil Rights Office are now requesting numerous documents from the Windsor Police Department to investigate the tactics used against Nazario.
Nazario was stopped by Windsor cops Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker for allegedly not having a rear license plate visible on his Chevrolet Tahoe. The officers drew weapons on Nazario and sprayed him with pepper. Body cam footage of the incident, publicized by Nazario’s lawyers, has now gone viral.
Lawsuit: Windsor police threatened the person and his career during the traffic obstruction. The law firm that Lt. Nazario is standing in a $ 1 million civil rights case against Windsor Police, released a statement
Officer Gutierrez was released by the Windsor Police Department on Sunday April 11, months after the traffic obstruction on December 5, 2020.
Herring says the traffic obstruction is “deeply worrying” and the officers acted “dangerous, unnecessary, unacceptable and avoidable”.
He has now requested documents directly related to the traffic obstruction, as well as years of information on training programs and guidelines for officers used by the Windsor Police Department. Hering’s office is also soliciting any complaints related to violence, traffic stops and treatment based on race over the past 10 years.
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A publication by Herring contains the full list of his inquiries:
- Any records or other documentation held by the Windsor Police Department in relation to the incident between the officers and the 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario on December 5, 2020
- Personnel files for the two WPD officers – Officer Joe Gutierrez and Officer Daniel Crocker – who were involved in the traffic obstruction on December 5, 2020
- WPD guidelines on the use of force
- WPD guidelines regarding traffic stops
- WPD guidelines regarding de-escalation and dealing with members of the public
- WPD training programs and / or materials over the past decade were related to any of the above guidelines
- Complaints received by the WPD related to the use of force over the past 10 years
- Complaints received by the WPD related to traffic stops in the past 10 years, including, but not limited to, stops where a person was detained
- Complaints received by the WPD over the past 10 years related to treatment based on race, skin color and / or national origin
Herring shared a tweet with the body cam footage on Saturday stating that his office was monitoring the situation and calling for full transparency.
Incidents like this are unacceptable. As our office continues to monitor the situation, the Windsor Police Department needs to be fully transparent of what happened during the stop and what was done in response to it.pic.twitter.com/YXVEGUWMeh
– Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) April 10, 2021