Caron Nazario, an Military lieutenant who was held at gunpoint and pepper-sprayed by Virginia police throughout a 2020 visitors cease, was awarded $3,685 in damages Tuesday.
Nazario, who’s Black and Latino, sued two officers of the Windsor Police Division in April 2021. The federal lawsuit accused the officers of assault and racial profiling. Nazario sought $1 million in damages.
On Tuesday, the jury awarded Nazario $1,000 in punitive damages after discovering that Officer Daniel Crocker performed an unlawful search beneath state regulation, and $2,685 in compensatory damages after discovering that Officer Joseph Gutierrez, who was fired after the incident, assaulted Nazario.
Moreover, the jury discovered that Crocker violated Nazario’s Fourth Modification proper to refuse a search, however that he did so with out malice, and determined to not grant Nazario any damages for that offense. It additionally discovered neither of the officers responsible of falsely imprisoning Nazario.
Nazario was behind the wheel of his newly bought Chevy Tahoe, in response to the lawsuit, when he was pulled over by police in Windsor, Va., in December 2020.
In a report filed on the evening of the incident, Gutierrez mentioned they have been treating it as a “excessive danger visitors cease” as a result of Nazario’s automobile had no license plate displayed, he took a very long time to cease and he had “extraordinarily darkish” window tints.
Nazario’s lawyer mentioned the automobile had short-term plates taped to the rear and aspect home windows and he was merely searching for a well-lit place to tug over.
Nazario was handcuffed and interrogated whereas ready for paramedics to deal with his eyes after being pepper-sprayed, however he was not arrested, in response to his lawsuit.
The incident was captured on physique cameras and Nazario’s cellphone.