Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Virginia police officer fired over pepper-spraying of Army lieutenant

A Windsor, Virginia, police officer accused of pepper-spraying U.S. Army Lieut. Caron Nazario, a Black and Latino man, during a traffic stop has been fired, authorities announced Sunday night.

Driving the news: Virginia's governor has ordered an investigation after video emerged of the incident involving Windsor Police Department officers Daniel Crocker and Joe Gutierrez, which he called "disturbing." Gutierrez has now been fired, the Town of Windsor said late Sunday.

What they're saying: "At the conclusion of this investigation, it was determined that Windsor Police Department policy was not followed," the Town of Windsor said in a statement.

  • "This resulted in disciplinary action, and department-wide requirements for additional training were implemented beginning in January and continue up to the present.
  • "Since that time, Officer Gutierrez was also terminated from his employment."

For the record: Nazario filed a lawsuit against the officers earlier this month, accusing them of pepper-spraying him and pointing guns at him.

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