Army officer sues Virginia police over violent traffic stop CBS News

‘You should be’: Cops tell Black lieutenant who’s ‘afraid’ as they hold him at gunpoint, pepper-spray him

The second lieutenant in the US Army is now suing the police officers, who drew their guns and pointed at him during a traffic stop. Officer Gutierrez reportedly responded, "Yeah, you should be".

After the altercation, the suit says that officer Gutierrez said he understood why Nazario looked for a lighted place to pull over, and said: "I get it, the media spewing race relations between law enforcement and minorities".

Another officer, Joe Gutierrez, was driving by when he heard Crocker's call, saw him attempting to stop the SUV and made a decision to join the traffic stop. He was commissioned out of their ROTC program. The lawsuit argues "the officers did not have probable cause to charge Nazario with any crimes, the stop was illegal and the officers threatened to ruin the Army officer's military career to cover their own misdeeds".

"I can think of absolutely no reason under the sun as to why those officers should have exited their vehicles with their firearms trained on my client or any other", Arthur, his lawyer, said.

"What prompted him to file is the need to stop this conduct", Arthur said.

When two Windsor police officers, guns drawn, ordered him to get out, he said, "I'm honestly afraid to get out". He then stopped at a petrol station and kept his hands outside the window, while asking the policemen why he was being stopped.

In the video, Nazario repeatedly asks why he was pulled over, and one of the two officers pepper sprays and kicks him.

"I don't even want to reach for my seatbelt, can you please?".

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The officers shouted conflicting orders at Nazario, telling him to put his hands out the window while also telling him to open the door and get out, the lawsuit says.

According to TMZ, Nazario's dog was in the backseat and suffered from the pepper spray.

At this point, Nazario is sobbing.

Nazario got out of the vehicle and again asked for a supervisor.

During the incident, the soldier, who was handcuffed while his vehicle was searched, asked why force was being used against him and was told by a police officer: "Because you're not co-operating".

The traffic stop was captured on Nazario's cellphone video, and the body-worn cameras worn by Crocker and Gutierrez, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states: "These cameras captured footage of behaviour consistent with a disgusting nationwide trend of law enforcement officers, who, believing they can operate with complete impunity, engage in unprofessional, discourteous, racially biased, risky and sometimes deadly abuses of authority".

There was no immediate response from the Windsor Police Department.

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