Joe G., one of the officers involved in the incident with the black second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was fired from the Police Department following an internal investigation. According to the officials, officer Joe did not follow the department policy and performed illegal actions.
The incident took place in December last year when Virginia police officers held an Army officer at gunpoint, handcuffed him and doused him with pepper spray — all during an illegal traffic stop.
The incident was captured on video and was taken as a proof. City officials said in a statement Sunday that Caron N., a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, who is Black and Latino, is now suing the town regarding the incident.
Both the police body camera as well as cell phone video show Caron, in his Army uniform, holding his hands out of the window of his car.
“I’ve not committed any crime,” Caron 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.
Caron asked the police officers multiple times why he was pulled over, but instead of an answer, one of the officers pepper sprayed and kicked him. He was then handcuffed and got his car searched.
The attorney who is representing Caron in a lawsuit against the two officers filed earlier this month said he was afraid what might have happened if Caron took his hands out of view.
The incident report said that Caron 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.
Caron was released without being charged. He has accused the officers of using excessive force, illegally searching his car and violating his constitutional rights.
You can see the video here.