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Social media users reacted angrily with varying levels of horror and disgust to a video posted online of Virginia police officers escalating a traffic stop of Lt. Caron Nazario, a Black Army officer who is currently suing the cops involved.
As you will witness in the video below, Windsor cops approached Lt. Nazario with “guns drawn,” shouting at him to get out of the car. If you listen to the military officer, he tells them that he is afraid to move as anyone would be if they had guns pointing at them, and with one wrong move, life could be ended.
Lt. Nazario was reluctant to reach down and unbuckle his seat belt with the guns pointed in his direction, which resulted in an overabundance of pepper spray in his location.
Whether you want to believe it or are sensitive to this fact, many Black Americans and probably some White Americans look for lighted areas if they are pulled over by law enforcement during night hours. They feel it is safer. Hell, some moms tell their children to drive slowly if they are required to pull over until they reach a lighted area. I can see why this Lt ended up at this gas station which was an additional two-minute drive after the initial request to pull over.
One more thing before I let you read some of the comments. A regular police officer would have turned on the lights and followed the individual, and then asked questions at the window. The was no reason to draw or have a group draw weapons.
CW: This is fucking outrageous. https://t.co/bPdlSCMUt3
— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) April 10, 2021
The full video, for those who need to see the "before," is in the thread. I just… https://t.co/46hfyHkiQw
— Sachelle Saunders (@SachelleOnAir) April 10, 2021
Army LT Caron Nazario was pepper sprayed, beaten, and handcuffed while in uniform… and then let go because the cops had no reason to do a god damn thing in the first place.
— Naveed 🇺🇸 (@ArmyofNaveed) April 10, 2021
These officers, once they realized they had erred, allegedly said the Lt could leave w/o charges if he would “chill and let this go,” according to the lawsuit—or, he could be charged, have to go to court, and face the consequences in his military career.https://t.co/Uc3XLxsAS0
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 10, 2021
Black Army officer held at gunpoint in his car: “I’m honestly afraid to get out.”
Cop: “Yeah, you should be.”
Cops then pepper sprayed, beat, & handcuffed Army LT Caron Nazario was while in uniform… then let him go😐
Horrific police violencepic.twitter.com/XMcGHXVKc8
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@QasimRashid) April 10, 2021
Where's the All Lives and Blue Lives Jokers at on this one?
Not resisting, not arguing, not fighting… Just being Black. https://t.co/Eifo4V6Uxy
— Bill Shannon (@RealBShannon3) April 10, 2021
The cops threatened Nazario, an Army officer, pepper-sprayed him in the face, and gave him knee-strikes to his legs. Nazario was in tears and on the ground of a gas station parking lot as officers put him in handcuffs. This video below is just insanity. https://t.co/7fJAw1KjAr https://t.co/hjHaTH14Gx
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) April 9, 2021
Army officer LT. Caron Nazario who’s Afro-Latino was pulled over in his car.
When told to get out of the car he said, “I’m honestly afraid to get out.”
“Yeah, you should be!”
This is how U treat soldiers of color who defend this country?
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) April 10, 2021
F*ck the racism in this country.
Trying to injure, intimidate & humiliate a man of color just because they can and they want to.
When Lt. Caron #Nazario said he was afraid to exit his vehicle, one cop replied, “Yeah, you should be."
TW: RACIST POLICINGpic.twitter.com/QdTW7KlEAP
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 10, 2021
Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario: I'm afraid to get out of the car.
Virginia Police: Yeah you should be.
So much that angers my soul here. But note the repeated attempts to provoke & escalate this situation. Tell me these people are fit to carry a gun in a civilized society. pic.twitter.com/YL78aV9pTS
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) April 10, 2021
“At one point, he even admitted to being afraid to leave the vehicle. ‘Yeah, you should be,’ one of the officers responded.” Black Army Corps 2nd Lieutenant pulled over at gunpoint in Virginia https://t.co/7BCAGhasP1
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) April 10, 2021
Even cops know they can’t be trusted.
“When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, ‘Yeah, you should be.’” https://t.co/zvvQXxXG92
— Advancement Project National Office (@adv_project) April 10, 2021
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) April 9, 2021
This is a travesty, but unfortunately still very expectedhttps://t.co/USo6jkTuXw
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) April 10, 2021
Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him
When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, “Yeah, you should be." https://t.co/nzusqHRZZu
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) April 10, 2021
According to the report, Lt. Nazario is suing the cops for the December stop. The police bodycam footage circulates on Twitter to considerable outrage from political and media figures, activists, journalists, and other verified users.
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