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State Attorney General Mark Herring talks to the media outside of court in Richmond, Va., in 2020. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) announced Monday he's launched a civil rights investigation into the Windsor Police Department and its officers involved in the traffic stop of U.S. Army Lt. Caron Nazario.

Details: Herring told CNN footage that emerged last Friday showing the two officers pepper-spraying and drawing guns on Nazario, who is Black and Latino, in December was "appalling," "dangerous" and "unacceptable."

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  • Herring said his Office of Civil Rights would be examining whether there had been "a pattern of misconduct with these officers or broadly with the department as a whole."
  • He added in a tweet Monday night, "We certainly have more work to do to put a stop to misconduct and make sure this doesn't happen again."

The big picture: Nazario has filed a lawsuit against the two officers, Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker. Gutierrez was fired from the Windsor Police Department on Sunday over the incident.

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Sunday he had directed the state police to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.
  • The Town of Windsor announced Monday that a Virginia State Police investigation into the matter had begun and that investigators would be looking at "numerous requested documents."

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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.

Updated Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Virginia governor orders probe into pepper-spraying of Army officer

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam at the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Va. in 2019. Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Sunday he's directed the state police to conduct an independent investigation after video emerged showing two officers pepper-spraying and drawing guns on a U.S. Army lieutenant during a traffic stop.

Driving the news: Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is suing the police officers over the Dec. 5, 2020, incident. One of the officers involved, Joe Gutierrez, was fired Sunday.

Updated Apr 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of Taser

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a Taser, police said.

What's new: Officials on Monday night identified the officer involved in the shooting as Kim Potter, who has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years.