Police officer fired for pepper-spraying Black army officer in ‘horrifying’ traffic stop captured on film

A Virginia police officer who pepper-sprayed and threatened to murder a Black and Latino second lieutenant in the US army was fired following an investigation into the “horrifying” traffic stop incident of December 2020.

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Army lieutenant has filed a federal lawsuit against two officers

Virginia police officer who pepper-sprayed and threatened to murder a Black and Latino second lieutenant in the US army was fired following an investigation into the “horrifying” traffic stop incident of December 2020.

Windsor police officer Joe Gutierrez was terminated from service after an internal investigation concluded that the police department’s “policy was not followed” and pepper spray was used against Lieutenant Caron Nazario, officials of Windsor, Virginia, said in a statement.

Lieutenant Nazario filed a federal lawsuit on 2 April, seeking $1m in damages and for the court to rule that both officers violated the constitution. The lawsuit claimed that during the traffic stop, the officers “threatened to murder him” and end his military career if he went public about the incident.

On 5 December, 2020, Lt Nazario, who was still dressed in his uniform at the time, was stopped by two officers on US Highway 460 in Windsor.

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