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    Hang him.
    I was waiting for someone to notice that and say something.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-ang...young-latinos/

    A CBS News investigation has uncovered allegations of gangs existing within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, possibly for decades. Current deputies out of the East Los Angeles station say the existence of gangs within law enforcement has been a problem in the area.

    The deputies, who do not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, claim the most prevalent are called the Banditos — comprised of mostly Latino deputies who serve predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods.

    "They operate as a gang. They commit crimes, they assault people," one deputy told CBS News' Maria Elena Salinas.

    The deputy said the gang is based out of East L.A., and that members who have become Banditos there have been promoted and "they've spread all over the county."

    Members of the gang identify themselves with a tattoo, another deputy claimed.

    They said the "initiation" process could involve "getting a shooting," adding that potential members would "do anything for these guys."

    "If you get in a shooting that's a definite brownie point," the deputy said.

    According to the deputies, members would plant weapons on suspects to justify those shootings.

    "There's been multiple occasions where … they say, 'Hey, we got a guy that has a gun and he's running from us.' In reality that person never had a gun," one deputy said. "And they would say, oh, it was a phantom gun. It was something that really wasn't there."

    The same deputy said they had personally witnessed that occurring.

    And despite the majority of deputies involved also being Latino, another deputy said the gangs "do racial profile."

    "It's like Latino gangs. They target other young Latinos," the deputy said.

    That targeting is what grieving mother Lisa Vargas has contended happened to her 21-year-old son Anthony Vargas, who aspired to be a chef. He was shot 13 times by sheriff's deputies while on his way home.

    "We have videos with his voice, and his giggle. And we have to play that. You know? Because we don't have his voice no more and we don't have his smile," she said.

    Vargas claimed her son's death was part of the gang's "initiations."

    "In order for them to become a prospect, their thing is they have to kill somebody," she said.

    She filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the deputies who shot her son. The suit alleges that the individuals who shot Anthony "were members of the Banditos gang or prospects, and that membership in the Banditos gang included using excessive force and shooting those who are unarmed."

    Sheriff Deputy Nikolis Perez and Deputy Jonathan Rojas, who shot Anthony Vargas, are "prospects" of the Banditos gang, two of the anonymous deputies alleged.

    Asked how they knew, one deputy replied "just personal conversations with them, and them saying that was one of their main goals to be a part of this gang."

    However, if someone were to refuse to comply with the gang's demands, the officer said, "They stop giving you backup, which is very dangerous. They ignore you."

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has publicly denied the existence of gangs within his department. On a video posted to the LASD website, Villanueva warns the department's employees against joining such groups.

    "Any employee who aligns with a clique or subgroup, which engages in any form of misconduct, will be held accountable. I do not want you joining these alleged cliques anymore. Period," Villanueva said in the video.

    One of the anonymous deputies who spoke with CBS News said, "The Banditos believe they can get away with anything and you know they're not going to have any type of consequences for their actions," they said.

    Newly-elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gasc?n said his department takes the allegations "seriously," and that he is committed to upholding the law.

    "If in fact we believe that there is criminal activity within the sheriff's department then we will deal with it accordingly," he said.

    As for Lisa Vargas, the California mom wants justice to go beyond her son's killers.

    "Justice for me is a whole long list," Vargas said. "Because not only is it these officers being held accountable for homicide, for murder, it's everybody else involved. I want the whole system cleaned out."

    A federal grand jury investigation has been convened. Sheriff Villanueva declined to comment.

    An investigation into the killing of Anthony Vargas by the former district attorney's office concluded that the deputies "acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others when they used deadly force against Anthony Vargas."

    Deputies Rojas and Perez deny being members or prospects of the Banditos.

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    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-...s-and-nepotism



    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/police...YQVQSY7GUHBYA/



    Nepotism, cronyism and gaslighting have contributed to pockets of toxic culture in New Zealand police, a new report into bullying and abuse has found.

    Despite issuing scathing criticisms and outlining stories of abuse and harassment, the Independent Police Conduct Authority said recent police reforms show promise.

    Two interviewees said when they were out in the field and radioed for immediate backup because they were at risk, bully officers failed to provide backup.

    "The interviewees subsequently verified that these other officers had been in radio contact and not involved in any other urgent job," the IPCA added.

    One interviewee said a photograph of her and a friend topless was copied without consent from her computer by a male colleague, who then circulated it to all his male colleagues.

    "There is a core group of people that made life really sh**," another interviewee said when describing the bullying.

    "There were people sitting in the background who wouldn't speak up against it."

    Another said a sycophantic, complicit culture was a bad formula for finding competent leaders.

    "The way you get noticed is you bring baubles to the king, and you do that by standing on other people, right? And that's the pervading culture."

    IPCA chairman Judge Colin Doherty said the review was initiated in 2019 after media reports of workplace bullying.

    The IPCA said interviews with more than 200 current and former staff showed virtually all interviewees had no confidence in existing mechanisms for addressing bullying.

    Thousands of police employees, or 40 per cent of the workforce, responded to a joint IPCA-police survey asking questions about the organisation's culture.

    A majority of respondents described police as a good place to work, but 40 per cent of those surveyed said they'd personally experienced poor behaviour.

    Hundreds of police surveyed said they'd experienced sustained bullying.

    The survey found some managers reportedly had an autocratic style, were narrow-minded, and intolerant of questioning or dissent.

    "Some of those who reach senior positions develop a sense of entitlement that empowers them to treat people poorly," the report found.

    This arrogance sometimes filtered down to inspectors, senior sergeants and sergeants who expected staff to follow orders without question, the report added.

    The IPCA said punitive cultures and atmospheres of fear and acquiescence sometimes allowed bullying to be carried out with impunity.

    Parts of police had a so-called "boys' club" culture based on power relationships, perpetuated by allegiances, cliques, nepotism and cronyism, the IPCA said.

    Some leaders expected unconditional loyalty, surrounding themselves with unquestioning staff who did their bidding and did not challenge them, the report found.

    Sexist and racist behaviour was sometimes trivialised as "just having a laugh", the report added.

    "This negative culture did not permeate every workplace," Judge Doherty said.

    "The weight of evidence suggests it is likely confined to particular individuals, workplaces and police districts."

    The report found some workplaces had issues with managers who routinely shouted or swore at staff, routinely swore during meetings and ridiculed or undermined staff.

    Passive-aggressive behaviours including gaslighting, and "insidious" marginalisation such as cutting people out of meetings or giving them meaningless tasks was also identified.

    One interviewee describing sophisticated and underhanded bullying said: "I kept questioning myself, 'Is this happening?'"

    But the report had a word of warning for other Kiwi workplaces.

    "Police are not unique in needing to adapt to changing values."

    The IPCA said the survey summary painted a bleak picture, but must be seen in a wider context.

    "There are over 14,000 staff in police, and as with any other large organisation there will inevitably be pockets of poor values and bad behaviours."

    It said across society, workplace behaviour regarded as acceptable or tolerable 20 years ago was now rightly regarded as inappropriate and oppressive.

    The IPCA accepted some interview responses might not present a complete picture of events.

    "When a person spoke to us as a confidential informant, we received only one version of events, which was seen through the individual lens of the interviewee."

    The report also said managers who sometimes had to have hard conversations with staff about performance could be resented when staff did not perceive their own deficits.

    But the IPCA said supervisors were expected to model appropriate behaviours and have people skills and emotional intelligence to preserve morale and enhance performance.

    The authority said some elements of culture could result from "macho" personality types attracted to hierarchical command and control organisations such as police.

    The IPCA in late 2019 announced its intention to investigate bullying allegations. An external company, InMoment, carried out the survey.

    The authority dealt with 26 individual bullying complaints and got further information from 183 other current or former police employees.

    "Much has changed in the last 12 months," Judge Doherty added.

    He said new Police Commissioner Andy Coster and his leadership team had committed themselves to a fundamental culture change and set up an action plan to achieve that.

    The IPCA said it would use findings from the new report to help police revise that action plan.

    "There are positive signs that the organisation has turned a corner."

    Today Coster told a press conference they've been working to tackle the issues outlined in the report.

    He said the negative behaviours had absolutely no place in police, and initiated a major change after the Francis review, which occurred prior to the latest report.

    To address the issue of favouritism, he said they have implemented clearer processes and a new leadership programme.

    As well as this, a new approach to bullying was put in place in February.

    Coster said he was encouraged by the result of the joint police IPCA survey, which showed that staff felt things were improving.

    He expects they will undertake the survey annually in the future and said he wants police to be a workplace where all people can thrive without bullying.

    "It's not part of who we are and it's not tolerated.

    "I want a culture where people feel encouraged to challenge, feel safe to challenge."

    Judge Doherty said a lot changed within police during the inquiry period and said there are positive signs that police had turned a corner.

    There has already been work undertaken to address some of the issues outlined in the report, Judge Doherty said, which he supports.

    "Indeed there are signs this is already happening."

    Judge Doherty also outlined significant issues within police record-keeping and said consequently, bullying behaviour tends to remain hidden and the individuals responsible stay in their job.

    He said he was satisfied with the programme that the commissioner had already put in place and the agreement from leaders that changes need to be made.

    "Police will regularly report to me on the progress made on that plan."

    While the judge would not go into detail about which regions or departments the reported issues came from, he said there were pockets where problems were across the board, but this was not in every workplace.

    During the interview process he said some senior police officers were rendered speechless while trying to recount their experiences.

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    https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-...police-report/

    EL CAJON (CNS) – A former La Mesa police officer at the center of a controversial arrest near the Grossmont trolley station last spring pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of filing a false report.

    Matthew Dages is charged in connection with the May 27 arrest of 23- year-old Amaurie Johnson, which was captured on video and circulated over social media, sparking particular condemnation in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    Dages is accused of “falsifying the reason for Johnson’s detention as well as his actions” and faces up to three years in state prison if convicted, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

    He was ordered to have no contact with Johnson or any other witnesses in the case.

    Dages remains out of custody on his own recognizance. His next court date is a March 23 readiness conference.

    Johnson was initially contacted for smoking in public, then later arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer, and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. He was released on a misdemeanor citation, but the police department later announced it would not be seeking charges against Johnson, who has filed a federal lawsuit against Dages and the city of La Mesa.

    Dages, who had been employed by the department since 2018, was fired in August, and the firing was later upheld by the city’s Personnel Appeals Board.

    In a termination letter issued last summer by then-police chief Walt Vasquez, the now-retired department head listed “false and misleading statements” in Dages’ report as part of the reason for his firing. Those statements included allegedly false determinations that Johnson was smoking and committed a fare evasion violation, as well as statements that Johnson balled his fists and took a “bladed stance” towards Dages during the arrest.

    The letter stated that Dages also failed to activate his body-worn camera in a timely fashion during the arrest and “directed profane, insolent language and made discourteous comments” to Johnson.

    Last week, a writ of administrative mandate was filed on Dages’ behalf in San Diego Superior Court, which seeks to have the city and the appeals board “set aside their decision and the discipline, and reinstate and restore Petitioner to his position, as well as restore all back pay and benefits lost, with interest.”

    Additionally, the filing states that Dages seeks “to remove from Petitioner’s personnel file or any other file used for personnel purposes, documentation relating to the discipline.”

    Dages’ filing alleges the decision to deny his appeal is invalid because the appeals board “failed to proceed in the manner required by law; the decision is not supported by the findings; and the findings are not supported by the weight of the evidence.”

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    https://abc7.com/retired-lapd-detect...ideo/10424875/

    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A retired Los Angeles police detective was captured on video hurling racial slurs at a young Black man, prompting the district attorney's office to announce it would review 370 cases he handled.

    The man, who is white, can be heard saying multiple racist insults at the Black man during an argument after a minor traffic collision.

    "Go back in your little cage until the monkey controller gets here," the man yells. Later in the video, the man calls the Black man the N-word.

    Activist Shaun King on Tuesday posted video of the encounter on his Instagram page, and it has garnered more than 750,000 views. According to King, the encounter happened in Santa Clarita.

    LAPD said it has started its own investigation and issued the following statement in response to the video:

    "Los Angeles: It has come to the Department's attention that there is a video posted on social media of a retired LAPD detective. The individual in the video uses a racial slur while engaged in an argument.

    "The individual is not a current member of the LAPD and retired in May 2020 as a detective assigned to Operations Central Bureau Homicide. To ensure there is no current Department nexus to this incident, there has been an internal investigation started. What is seen in the video is not reflective of the thousands of hard working and dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department."

    Late Tuesday evening, the office of District Attorney George Gasc?n announced it will be reviewing 370 cases handled by the retired detective. LAPD says it will cooperate fully in the process.

    "The video in question is disturbing & involves a former homicide detective exhibiting racist tendencies," Gasc?n tweeted. "@LADAOffice is taking immediate action & has identified several cases where this individual was a witness. We are in the process of notifying defense attorneys in such cases."


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    https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/r...ence-tampering

    3 Florida police officers are under investigation and detained for corruption.

    . POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office says three deputies are facing charges for evidence tampering in relation to a December arrest.

    According to a press release, the three deputies were arrested Friday night after an investigation began March 15. The deputies are John Raczynski, 24, Jamal Lawson, 29, and Garrett Cook, 26.



    Sheriff Judd said the investigation into the deputies started on March 15 when a suspect who was arrested on December 21 called about her missing cellphone and $723 in cash.

    Judd said the suspect was originally arrested during a traffic stop in Winter Haven, which was conducted by Raczynski. Cook and Lawson responded at the time as backup.

    The suspect was arrested after drugs and cash we found in her vehicle and on her person, according to a press release. Raczynski documented the drugs and the cash in his report from the arrest.

    Two days after the arrest, a release says Raczynski submitted 13 items into evidence but the cash was not one of them.

    According to Judd, the deputies said they realized a few days after the arrest that the money was missing and decided to replace it with their own money. Judd said that never happened and the deputies never reported the missing money to their superiors.

    Judd said officials don't believe the money was ever lost, but that one of the three men stole it. The sheriff said he doesn't know which one but added that it appears Raczynski had the money last before it disappeared.

    Judd said he was "mad beyond words."

    "They risked everything over a tiny amount of money," Judd said during a press conference. "If we're going to hold the community accountable, we're going to hold ourselves even more accountable."

    According to the release, after the suspect contacted the sheriff's office on March 15 detectives found a supplemental report Raczynski created on March 16 adding the cash as an item of evidence. The release says Raczynski used Cook's login information to fraudulently sign the report as if Cook was an official witness.

    After the suspect contacted the sheriff's office, the press release says Raczynski called Lawson. Lawson sent Raczynski $500 through CashApp, and the plan was for Raczynski to add the remaining $223 of his own money and submit it to evidence. That attempt failed and Lawson asked for the money back, according to the release.

    The investigation was started after a PCSO Property & Evidence Officer reported a suspicious phone call from Raczynski on March 15.

    According to the press release, Raczynski called the officer at work and asked her to call him on her personal phone. When she did he asked if there was anything he could to replace the money. The officer reported the call to her supervisor, who reported it to Raczynski’s Sergeant.

    Raczynski’s Sergeant asked him about the call and the missing money. According to the release, Raczynski said he and Lawson were going to "make it right" by submitting their own money. The Sergeant told Raczynski to take no other action and the internal investigation was started.

    Lawson, Cook and Raczynski were all interviewed on March 19.

    Lawson confirmed that the money was removed during the initial arrest and gave conflicting stories on where it was placed after being seized, according to authorities.

    Cook also confirmed that the money was removed and said he last saw the bag of evidence sitting in the truck of a vehicle but didn't say which vehicle. The release says when Raczynski told Cook a few days after the arrest that the money was missing, Cook said they should tell their Sergeant but Raczynski was worried about getting in trouble.

    Authorities say Cook knew over the next few months of the plan to replace the money but took no steps to stop it.

    Raczynski also confirmed the details of the original arrest. Authorities say he told them Lawson took the evidence and he took the suspect to jail. He told detectives the next day he noticed the money was missing and said the three searched for it but couldn't find it, so they created the plan to replace it. He also admitted to using Cook's password to fake the witness signature on the supplemental report he created on March 16.

    Cook is charged with:

    Conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, for conspiring with Lawson and Raczynski in unlawful tampering or fabricating evidence (F3)
    Lawson is charged with:

    Conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, for conspiring with Cook and Raczynski in unlawful tampering or fabricating evidence (F3)
    Official misconduct, for knowingly and intentionally causing another person to falsify an official record to cover up the loss of evidence (F3)
    Tampering or fabricating evidence, by transferring money to Raczynski via the CashApp, knowing it was to be unlawfully submitted as evidence (F3)
    Raczynski is charged with:

    Conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, for conspiring with Lawson and Cook in unlawful tampering or fabricating evidence (F3)
    Official misconduct, for knowingly and intentionally falsifying an official record to cover up the loss of evidence (F3)
    Tampering or fabricating evidence, by obtaining money to submit into evidence, knowing it was to be unlawfully submitted (F3)
    Forgery, for forging another deputy’s signature to his report (F3)
    Uttering forged instrument, for publishing as true a false and forged record (F3)
    Raczynski and Lawson were hired by the department as detention deputies in 2017, and both later transferred to deputy sheriffs that same year. Cook was hired as a deputy sheriff in 2016. Sheriff Grady Judd said Lawson and Cook were also members of the SWAT team.

    All of the deputies have resigned from the department when they were arrested on March 19.

    Judd added that the charges against the suspect in the initial case have been dropped and that she will get her money back.

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    https://fox40.com/news/local-news/sa...year-old-girl/

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A former Sacramento police officer was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into allegations he was inappropriately communicating with a 15-year-old girl.

    The Sacramento Police Department said they received a complaint March 9 alleging Officer Daniel Donahue was accused of communicating inappropriately with a girl through social media.

    The department said they immediately launched an investigation into the allegations and found they had merit.

    “The Sacramento Police Department does not and never will tolerate this criminal behavior from our officers,” said Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn in the release. “This behavior tarnishes the Sacramento Police Department badge and is absolutely not representative of the honorable work of our more than 1,000 members who are dedicated to serving our City.”

    Donahue, who worked for the department for about two years, was placed on administrative leave while investigators obtained search warrants for Donahue’s home, vehicle, workspace and electronic devices.

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    Officials said Donahue resigned from his position during their investigation.

    According to police, based on the evidence found, they arrested Donahue for charges related to inappropriate communications with a minor.

    “It is critical we hold people accountable when they victimize the most vulnerable members of our community – especially when they are in a position of authority,” Hahn said in the release. “Though Donahue resigned, we have filed criminal charges against him. We will continue to work with the victim in this case and I am profoundly sorry for what this person did while being a member of our department.”

    The investigation is ongoing and officials said they believe there may be additional victims.

    Sacramento police are asking anyone who may be a victim of a crime involving Donahue to contact the Sacramento Police Department’s tip-line at 916-277-1773.

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    Isaac Scher and other protesters had squared off against a line of Los Angeles police officers in Echo Park late Wednesday night when he heard a police commander give the order to advance.

    As the officers lurched forward in unison, Scher said the cop opposite him lashed out with baton strikes that seemed fueled by “a blind fury that was horrifying.”

    They were like “baseball bat swings,” Scher alleged in an interview with The Times on Thursday. “Full windup, as if it were a 70 mph fastball down the middle.”

    The broken arm Scher suffered was a rare injury on a largely peaceful night that saw hundreds of officers in riot gear deployed to help disperse a crowd of protesters who had gathered in opposition to a city order aimed at clearing a large homeless encampment from around Echo Park Lake.

    For much of the night, officers stood around idle as the protesters chanted in support of the rights of the homeless. Later, officers formed a skirmish line across Glendale Avenue and began a slow march south, stopping and starting suddenly. An officer on a loudspeaker declared the protest unlawful, ordering people to leave.

    There were isolated moments of trouble: Protesters alleged some roughness by officers along the line, while protesters sent up occasional fireworks. One officer fired a single hard foam projectile during a brief scuffle and a few water bottles were tossed in the direction of officers. The violent clashes that have erupted at recent L.A. protests did not materialize.

    The officer who struck Scher used a level of force far beyond that of the other officers on the skirmish line, Scher and other protesters said. Several protesters screamed angrily that someone’s arm had been broken — without any immediate reaction from the police commanders on scene.

    On Thursday, Scher, a 24-year-old researcher and writer who lives close to the park, took to Twitter to say their claims were true.
    “Can confirm that a baton-wielding cop broke my arm last night,” Scher tweeted, along with a picture of an X-ray of his arm and another of him in a cast and sling.

    Scher shared medical records with The Times showing his Wednesday night admission to Good Samaritan Hospital and his diagnosis: a “traverse fracture through the distal ulna.” He said the emergency room doctor who treated him called it a “classic case of nightstick fracture” — a term doctors use for the sort of injury sustained by someone raising their forearm to block a blow from cops.

    Scher said he had been out in the park to defend the unhoused people whose encampment was being threatened by a city order issued Wednesday that the park must be cleared within 24 hours. He said the park closure symbolized a broader “stigmatization of poverty in a neighborhood that is increasingly gentrifying.”

    Scher said a young protester beside him who had been shouting insults at the officer was also struck. Scher said he received a single blow to the arm and “immediately recoiled [and] stumbled away” before being taken to the hospital by other protesters he didn’t know.

    After The Times inquired about Scher’s broken arm Thursday, Capt. Stacy Spell, an LAPD spokesman, said the department had not been aware of Scher’s injury and had launched an investigation to “get to the bottom of the facts.”

    Det. Eduardo Gonzalez of the department’s Force Investigation Division said no one in his division had heard of the incident either.

    Before The Times’ inquiry, the LAPD on Thursday morning released a statement saying it had received two reports about minor force used by officers, but none alleging injuries.
    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...nt-baton-swing

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virgini...-traffic-stop/

    Police officers in Virginia held an Army officer at gunpoint, handcuffed him and doused him with pepper spray — all during an illegal traffic stop. Officials said Sunday that one of the officers has been fired.


    Officer Joe Gutierrez was fired following the December 5 incident, which was captured on video, the town of Windsor, Virginia said in a statement Sunday, acknowledging the "unfortunate events that transpired." Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, who is Black and Latino, is suing the town.

    Following an internal investigation, the town said that Gutierrez did not follow department policy. They did not provide any further information on the other officer involved in the incident, Daniel Crocker, but said the department is requiring additional training.

    "The Town of Windsor prides itself in its small-town charm and the community-wide respect of its Police Department," the town said. "Due to this, we are saddened for events like this to cast our community in a negative light. Rather than deflect criticism, we have addressed these matters with our personnel administratively, we are reaching out to community stakeholders to engage in dialogue, and commit ourselves to additional discussions in the future."

    In both body camera and cell phone video, Nazario, in his Army uniform, is seen with his hands out the window of his car.

    "I've not committed any crime," Nazario said.

    Then, two police officers order him to get out of the car, drawing their guns.

    "I'm honestly afraid to get out," he said.

    "Yeah dude, you should be," one officer responds.

    In the video, Nazario repeatedly asks why he was pulled over, and one of the two officers pepper sprays and kicks him. He expresses concern for his dog, who he says is choking on pepper spray in the back seat.

    He is then handcuffed on the ground while police search his car.


    Nazario asks, "Why am I being treated like this? Why?"

    "Because you're not cooperating," an officer responds.

    "You're fixin' to ride the lighting, son," Gutierrez said.

    Attorney Jonathan Arthur, who is representing Nazario in a lawsuit filed earlier this month against the two officers, said that he was afraid if he took his hands out of view, something even worse would happen.

    "To unbuckle his seatbelt, to do anything, any misstep — he was afraid that they were going to kill him," Arthur told CBS Evening News.

    The incident report said that Nazario was initially pulled over for not having tags displayed on his SUV, but the temporary dealer plate is visible in the officer's body camera video. The lieutenant had recently bought the car.

    Nazario was released without being charged. He has accused the officers of using excessive force, illegally searching his car and violating his constitutional rights.

    "Lt. Nazario's unit has been aware of the incident since it occurred in early December, and they have remained in close contact with him and made sure he had any support needed from the Virginia National Guard," the Virginia National Guard told CBS News in a statement Monday. It said Nazario is an Army Health Services Administration Officer serving in the Virginia National Guard's Norfolk-based 1st Battalion.

    In a statement Monday, Arthur called Officer Gutierrez's termination "appropriate" but called for more scrutiny.

    "We must consider steps to decertify officers that engage in this behavior, so that they cannot seek employment with other law enforcement agencies," Arthur said, while also criticizing Officer Crocker for his failure to intervene.

    "Additionally, the law enforcement community has to consider seriously the failure of officers like Daniel Crocker to promptly intervene to end an unjust police-civilian encounter as it unfolds," he said. "Too often, officers will support their colleagues, right or wrong, at the cost of innocent citizens."

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called the incident "disturbing" and said Sunday that he is directing the state police to conduct an independent investigation.

    "I am inviting Army medic Lieutenant Caron Nazario to meet soon—we must all continue the larger dialogue about reform in our country," he said in a statement.

    Following his statement, the Virginia State Police said that it is initiating a "thorough and objective" criminal investigation into the traffic stop.

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    Thank Goodness that the police department is being sued but either way Lt. Nazario did everything to stop the escalation and avoid getting shot by police but he was pepper sprayed anyway and brutalized anyway.

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