VA Governor Northam calls for an investigation into the black army officer’s stop
The governor of Virginia ordered a traffic obstruction Sunday in which police officers were caught on camera spraying pepper and pointing their guns at a black US Army officer.
Governor Ralph Northam announced on Twitter He directed the Virginia State Police to open an independent investigation into the “disruptive” encounter in Windsor in December 2020.
“Our Commonwealth has done important work on police reform, but we must continue to work to ensure that Virginians are safe in their interactions with the police, that law enforcement is fair and equitable, and that people are held accountable,” Northam said in his Explanation.
The Democrat added that he also told official, Lt. Caron Nazario, invited to meet to discuss police reform.
Nazario, a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, filed a lawsuit against the two police officers earlier this month alleging they violated his rights under the First and Fourth Amendments.