VA: Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario pepper sprayed, threatened during traffic stop

Virginia Opens Investigation Over Army Officer Who Was Pepper-Sprayed​

The attorney general of Virginia said on Monday that he was investigating whether there was an “unlawful pattern or practice of conduct” at the Windsor Police Department after a uniformed Black U.S. Army medic was held at gunpoint and doused with pepper spray by its officers.

Two members of the Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in December, during which one of the officers, Joe Gutierrez, threatened Lieutenant Nazario before dousing him with pepper spray and pushing him to the ground, according to body camera footage of the episode.

Mr. Gutierrez’s actions were “appalling” and “dangerous,” Mark Herring, the attorney general, said in an interview on CNN on Monday night. <snip>


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Windsor Police Chief Rodney Riddle said he hopes to help regain community trust by revising policies and procedures, increasing officer training, overhauling the department’s hiring process and stepping up on community policing efforts by reducing police’s role in traffic enforcement.

He said some of the initiatives, such as requiring all officers to undergo four hours of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police implicit bias training, is already underway. Others could cost money and need approval from Windsor Town Council.

Riddle is optimistic these efforts will all make a difference.

‘We’re going to get the best information that we can have and the best practices and policies we can put in place to protect our community,” Riddle said.

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