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."
Lt. Nazario’s treatment was unacceptable, and the bodycam footage shows the incredible composure he had during the stop.— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) April 13, 2021
My Office of Civil Rights will be looking into whether there’s been a pattern of misconduct with these officers or broadly with the department as a whole. pic.twitter.com/LQLZYQA9Pl
- 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."
- 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."