Virginia launches civil rights probe into Army officer traffic stop

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) announced Monday he’s launched a civil rights investigation into the Windsor Police Department and its officers involved in the traffic stop of U.S. Army Lt. Caron Nazario.

Details: Herring told CNN footage that emerged last Friday showing the two officers pepper-spraying and drawing guns on Nazario, who is Black and Latino, in December was “appalling,” “dangerous” and “unacceptable.”

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  • Herring said his Office of Civil Rights would be examining whether there had been “a pattern of misconduct with these officers or broadly with the department as a whole.”
  • He added in a tweet Monday night, “We certainly have more work to do to put a stop to misconduct and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The big picture: Nazario has filed a lawsuit against the two officers, Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker. Gutierrez was fired from the Windsor Police Department on Sunday over the incident.

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Sunday he had directed the state police to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.
  • The Town of Windsor announced Monday that a Virginia State Police investigation into the matter had begun and that investigators would be looking at “numerous requested documents.”

Source: Axios Breaking News

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