Windsor police officer terminated following encounter with Army Lt. Caron Nazario

Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Town of Windsor breaks its silence in the wake of the “unfortunate events” that happened on Dec. 5, 2020, involving U.S. Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario and two Windsor Police Department officers.

In a press release sent to 8News, the Town of Windsor said the traffic stop involving Army medic Lieutenant Nazario and officers Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker led to an internal investigation.

The investigation was to determine the appropriateness of actions for the use of pepper spray during the incident.

The investigation began immediately, according to the release, and following the investigation, the Windsor Police Department came to the conclusion their policy was not followed. Disciplinary action and department-wide requirements for additional training were implemented starting in January 2021, and they continue today.

Officer Joe Gutierrez was terminated from his job.

The release stated the Town of Windsor has been open and honest since the initial stop and will continue to provide information related to this event with transparency. The town joined Virginia Gov. Northam in asking the Virginia State Police for an investigation.

Meanwhile, the President of Virginia State University, where Lt. Nazario graduated in 2016,  is responding to a viral video of the traffic stop. 

In a tweet, President Makollah Abdullah wrote “Caron Nazario did not deserve what happened to him. I hope he gets the justice he and his family demand.” 

He continued, “We stand with our brother, our friend, our Trojan.” 

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