A traffic stop drew outrage around the country when two Windsor, Virginia, police officers pulled over an Afro-Latino U.S. Army veteran in December 2020.
Body camera footage showed Gutierrez pepper spray Nazario when he would not get out of the car.
In this image taken from Windsor, Va., Police body camera footage, Lt. Caron Nazario is helped by an EMT after he was pepper-sprayed by Windsor police during a traffic stop in Windsor, on Dec. 20, 2020.
In response to the federal lawsuit, the police officers deny the allegations against them in a court filing.
In the police report, one of the officers wrote that Nazario eluded police because he didn’t stop right away.
The Windsor Police Department announced in 2021 that they fired Gutierrez, who pepper sprayed Nazario, for not following department policy during the incident.
Some are calling it an example of excessive use of force by the police toward people of color. »