A police officer in Virginia involved in a traffic stop with a Army lieutenant he pepper-sprayed reportedly will not face any criminal charges, according to a special prosecutor.
The decision was announced in letter written by Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell, the special prosecutor in the case, reported 13News Now.
The letter was obtained by 13News Now.
The controversial traffic stop happened on Dec. 5, 2020 in Windsor.
Windsor police said Nazario, who is of Black and Hispanic descent, didn’t have a visible license plate, and didn’t pull over immediately after the officer tried to initiate the traffic stop.
Nazario’s attorney Jonathan Arthur said his client drove to a well-lit gas station.
During the stop, bodycam video shows Nazario was yelled at and pepper-sprayed by former officer Joe Gutierrez.
Last year, Nazario filed a lawsuit against Gutierrez, and Daniel Crocker who was the officer involved in the stop.
Bell concluded that Gutierrez didn’t violate any state law. In the letter, he explained his decision was based solely on the traffic stop, which was not a violation of the law. However, he also said the issue was a result of how Gutierrez conducted the traffic stop.
More about the incident and case can be found here.
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