Army lieutenant suing police department over traffic stop – yet the media seems to be ignoring the gun

WINDSOR, VA– A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop that took place in December 2020 turned ugly. 

In the lawsuit filed, Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario claims that his constitutional rights were violated during the traffic stop in the town of Windsor. Reportedly, Nazario was pulled over on his way home from his duty station. 

According to the report filed after the incident, Windsor Police Officer Daniel Crocker radioed that he was attempting to stop a vehicle with no rear license plate and tinted windows. He said that the driver was eluding police and that he considered it a high-risk traffic stop.

Nazario’s attorney, Jonathan Arthur said that Nazario explained that at the time he was not trying to elude the offer, but that he was trying to stop in a well-lite area for “officer safety” and out of “respect for the officers.”

In the recorded traffic stop, Nazario, who is Black and Latino, can be seen in uniform as a Latino police officer attempts to convince Nazario to get out of his vehicle. Instead of complying with the request of the officer, Nazario says:

“I have not committed any crime.”

The two police officers can then be seen drawing their guns and ordering Nazario to get out of the vehicle. After multiple verbal commands to get out of the car, Nazario remains noncompliant and says: 

“I’m honestly afraid to get out.”

To which one of the officers replied:

“Yeah dude, you should be.”

Nazario still did not comply with the officers, which resulted in one of the officers using pepper spray in an attempt to subdue the suspect. Nazario eventually gets out of the car and the officers attempt to get him to the ground to where he can be safely handcuffed. 

According to reports, the video has gone viral on social media, but what the far-left activists and the dishonest media are not sharing is that Nazario refused to stop for over one-mile, that he had no visible tag on his license plate, that he was non-compliant when he did stop, and that he had a gun in plain view.

News Max host Greg Kelly, called Nazario a “bad lieutenant” and revealed that he had a loaded gun by his leg on the floor of the vehicle in the front seat. Kelly then tweeted about strict policies that most Army bases have about storing weapons.

Kelly proceeded to ask which base Nazario was coming from and if he had even been in compliance or non-compliance with the Army base rules, as he carried a gun on the floor of his vehicle.

The lawsuit is alleging that by the time the two officers reached Nazario’s SUV that the license plate was visible in the rear. The traffic stop was captured on Nazario’s cell phone and the body-worn cameras worn by Crocker and officer Joe Gutierrez. The lawsuit states:

“These cameras captured footage of behavior consistent with a disgusting nationwide trend of law enforcement officers, who, believing they can operate with complete impunity, engage in unprofessional, discourteous, racially biased, dangerous, and sometimes deadly abuses of authority.”

According to Nazario’s attorney, he was released without being charged. Paramedics arrived on scene to treat Nazario for the pepper spray and Gutierrez reportedly spoke to the police chief and the department planned to release the lieutenant without any charges. On the body-cam footage, the officer is heard saying:

“There’s not need getting this on your record. I don’t want this on your record. However, it’s entirely up to you. If you want to fight it and argue, if that’s what you want, we’ll charge you.”

The suit alleges that the officer was an attempted “quid pro quo” and the lieutenant claims that he was told if he didn’t “chill and let this go,” officers would ensure his military record would be damaged.

Nazario responded by telling the officers that he would let his superiors know what had happened. In a press release, the Windsor Police Department stated that at the conclusion fo the investigation of the incident, it was determined that department policy was not followed.

This resulted in disciplinary action, and department-wide requirements for additional training were implemented beginning in January 2020 and continue up until the present. Officer Gutierrez was also terminated from his employment.

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Police open fire on suspect who tried to escape traffic stop – while dragging the responding officer with his car

March 26th, 2021

LAS CRUCES, NM – Body camera video released Thursday shows the harrowing moment a Las Cruces police officer was dragged by a fleeing vehicle, prompting his backup to open fire. The incident ended with the driver behind bars and his passenger with a gunshot wound.

 

The incident began February 3 when police stopped a Chevy Tahoe being driven by Joel Orozco for speeding and driving erratically. The initial officer radioed for backup after observing a knife inside the vehicle.

The officer ran a check on the driver’s license and discovered he had a felony warrant for his arrest. Officer J. Herrera and assisting officer M. Carrera returned to the truck and asked Orozco to turn off the vehicle and step out.

Orozco refused to exit the vehicle and began to drive away. Officer Herrera opened the driver’s side door and grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to stop the vehicle, which resulted in him being dragged across the road by Orozco’s vehicle.

The Body camera video was obscured by the officer being dragged, but multiple shots could be heard being fired. Another view from Officer Carrera’s body camera showed him open fire on the Chevy as it dragged his partner.

Officer Herrera could be seen being dragged across the road and a raised curb before falling to the ground. The Chevy driven by Orozco continued fleeing as Officer Carrera ran to check on Officer Herrera.

Police report that Orozco abandoned the vehicle nearby and was arrested a short time later. A female passenger in the vehicle suffered a gunshot wound and was treated at a local hospital. Her identity has not been released.

Officer Herrera suffered a fractured leg and is recovering from his injuries.

Orozco has been charged with aggravated battery on an officer and fleeing.

 

Las Cruses was the scene of another dramatic video of an officer-involved shooting on February 4 when authorities engaged in a shootout with a man suspected of killing a New Mexico State Police officer.

New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott, assisting Homeland Security Investigations, pulled over a white Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Omar Felix Cueva near milepost 101 on Interstate 10 east of Deming. During the traffic stop, Cueva opened fire and killed Jarrot, said State Police Chief Robert Thornton.

Thornton said area police were notified of the suspect’s vehicle, and Cueva was pulled over again near mile post 116 on I-10 by Las Cruces police. Following an exchange of gunfire between Cueva and police, the pursuit continued along I-10.

At mile post 135, as Cueva neared Las Cruces, police were able to deflate the tires of the pickup, Thornton said. Then, near mile post 140 — just before the Avenida de Mesilla exit — a Las Cruces Police officer performed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, on Cueva’s pickup and both vehicles came to a stop.

Part of the incident was caught on video by Austin Contreras, who was working on a gate at Trail West near I-10 when he heard the pursuit approaching.

Contreras said:

“It was shocking, I mean, nobody expected it to end in a gunfight.”

Cueva and officers from several agencies exited their vehicles. Following another exchange of gunfire, Cueva was struck and killed. One Las Cruces officer was also shot. The officer was transported to El Paso Hospital where he was treated and released.

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Officer down: LAPD officer dies days after being struck by vehicle while on-duty

March 5, 2021

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – An LAPD officer that was struck by a driver while working the scene of a crash on February 26th in South Los Angeles reportedly succumbed to his injuries on March 3rd. 

The LAPD recently announced the passing of Officer Jose Anzora, who died six days after being struck by a driver on February 26th while he was on-duty. 

Officer Anzora was reportedly conducting traffic control at the scene of a collision at approximately 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue when he was struck by a driver. 

Following the incident, Officer Anzora was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital – where at first, reports came in suggesting the officer was in stable condition.

However, further updates revealed that Officer Anzora’s condition was then critical. 

A statement released by the LAPD on March 3rd shared the unfortunate news that Officer Anzora had passed away: 

“Our hearts are heavy once again as we mourn the loss of Police Officer II Jose Anzora, Serial No. 40848, who passed away earlier today following a heroic battle for his life after being injured while on-duty.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Anzora’s wife, family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time.

“His passing is a loss for not only his brothers and sisters in the LAPD, but for the people of Los Angeles for whom he gave his life.”

Officer Anzora had been with the LAPD since 2011, spending a majority of his time with the force within the LAPD’s Newton Division. 

LAPD Chief Michael Moore referred to Officer Anzora as a “guardian & protector” when taking to Twitter to share news of the saddening loss: 

“Today we lost a guardian & protector. LAPD Officer Jose Anzora served for nearly a decade. He tragically lost his life in the selfless service in the communities in South LA. Our gratitude to the medical professionals who fought so hard to save his life. May God welcome him home.”

Eileen Decker, president of the Board of Police Commissioners, also shared the following statement regarding the death of Officer Anzora: 

“On behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners, I want to express our condolences to the family, fellow officers and civilians with whom Officer Anzora served and the entire LAPD family.

“This is such a tragedy and words cannot express the loss to all. We thank him for his service to our City of Angels and may he rest in peace.”

A procession was reportedly held for the fallen officer following the announcement of his passing, with LAPD officers and members from other law enforcement agencies accompanying Officer Anzora’s body as he was moved from the L.A. County + USC Medical Center to the county’s coroner’s office.

As for the driver who reportedly struck Officer Anzora on February 26th, police officials say that the driver is cooperating with authorities on the investigation. 

It’s unclear as of this writing whether any charges are being considered for the driver involved in the incident, and officials have not released the name of the driver as of this time. 

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