NAACP marched in Richmond calling for police accountability in viral Windsor traffic stop

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Isle of Wight National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch held a march to hold the police in Windsor accountable following a viral video of a December traffic stop involving Lt. Caron Nazario.

The NAACP chapter is asking the Isle of Wight Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips to recuse herself from the Windsor police case. They are also requesting that Governor Northam give the Attorney General Herring’s office the authority to review the Virginia State Police final investigation report. 

On Thursday, the organization sent a letter to Phillips and Gov. Northam saying that their community has lost complete and total confidence in the local government handling of the case.

Isle of Wight Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips told 8News she became aware of the incident at the same time as the public after the Virginia Pilot published the article and video.

“Additionally, in an effort to avoid the appearance of impropriety, I requested the Attorney General’s (AG) Office to act as special prosecutor in this matter,” Isle of Wight Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips said. “When I was informed that the AG’s Office would not be able to act as special prosecutor, I requested the assistance of a neighboring jurisdiction.”

The local chapter has already asked for full accountability and transparency. However, the national chapter said that Town of Windsor officials and police department have “used their powers to stifle the transparency process.”

“Due to this distrust, we believe no officials in the local or county government should have any decision-making power in the outcome of the state police investigation,” NAACP wrote.

Phillips said on April 21, 2021, the Isle of Wight Circuit Court entered an order appointing the Honorable Anton Bell, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Hampton, as special prosecutor in the investigation and prosecution of Daniel Crocker and Joseph Gutierrez.

Brandon Randleman with the Isle of Wight NAACP chapter told 8News this is positive news. He states they were unaware that the commonwealth’s attorney did this — which shows the lack of communication with the community.

At 1:23 p.m. the the Virginia Capitol Police issued a shelter in place order for the Barbra Johns Building. They asked people to avoid the area of 200 N 9th Street, but people in the building should shelter in place.

A member of the 8News team said police have shut down several streets to let the demonstrators march, and it is only a group of about 20 people. While they said some of the people are carrying guns, there is no violence.

This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.

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