Black Lieutenant was pulled over by two White Virginia cops. He’s filing a lawsuit for the inhumane treatment he experienced during the traffic stop.
After watching the horrific footage, many people took their concerns to social media to highlight the injustices that still exist.
“If police officers are willing to assault a uniformed Army lieutenant like Caron Nazario while they’re being recorded on camera, imagine what they’re doing to ordinary civilians when they’re not on camera (and often even when they are being filmed),” says CNN commentator Keith Boykin.
Virginia Cops Threaten Army Lieutenant
Caron Nazario is a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps and is a second lieutenant.
Nazario was driving in his new SUV when he was stopped by police officers at a BP gas station. The officers immediately started yelling, demanding that Nazario put his hands up and turn the vehicle off.
Then, the cops pulled out their guns, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to the ground. With his hands up the entire time, Nazario tried to talk to the officers to understand the harsh treatment. This unexpected traffic stop turned into a brutal nightmare for Nazario.
“I’m serving this country, and this is how I’m treated?” Nazario asked the officers.
The officers did not provide a reason for the traffic stop. Instead, they demanded that Nazario get out of the car. Afraid for his life, Nazario tried to talk to the officers. The officers ignored his pleas and terrorized him. He was pepper-sprayed and humiliated. The officers demanded that he take off his seat belt and step out of the car although his eyes were inflamed.
Body Cam Shows Lieutenant Pepper-Sprayed and Held at Gun Point By Virginia Cops
Body camera footage shows the entire incident.
The incident occurred in December 2020. There is footage available from the body camera and Nazario’s phone.