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Officer Fired For Pepper-Spraying Army Officer During Traffic Stop

In this image made from Windsor, (Va.) Police video, A police officer uses a spray agent on Caron Nazario on Dec. 20, 2020, in Windsor, Va. Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop during which he says the officers drew their guns and pointed them at him as he was dressed in uniform. Caron Nazario says his constitutional rights were violated by the traffic stop in the town of Windsor in December. (Windsor Police via AP)

Officer Fired For Pepper-Spraying Army Officer During Traffic Stop A Virginia police officer has been fired for pointing his gun and using pepper spray on a black Army officer during a traffic stop last year. Officer Joe Gutierrez is seen on video using pepper spray on 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario – who was in uniform at the time – after pulling him over at a Windsor, VA gas station.  Both Gutierrez and another officer kept their guns pointed at Nazario while ordering him to exit the vehicle. According to police reports, Lt. Nazario was pulled over for tinted windows and appearing to not have a rear license plate – even though the plate was clearly visible once he stopped. Now Lt. Nazario is suing the police department, which fired Gutierrez on Sunday and announced department-wide training on use of force. Will there be any more fallout from this incident?

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