Photo via Windsor Police Department

A Windsor, Virginia police officer was fired April 11 after being accused of using excessive force at a traffic stop last year. 

Joe Gutierrez was one of two Windsor police officers who pulled their guns, pepper-sprayed and pushed a US Army officer to the ground during the traffic stop on Dec. 5. The traffic stop was caught on the officers body cameras.

Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the Army, was pulled over because the police officers believed he was missing a license plate on his new SUV. Nazario was pepper-sprayed multiple times by Gutierrez after another officer tried to open the SUV door.

Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is suing the city over the incident. He is alleging that the two officers violated his rights guaranteed under the First and Fourth Amendments.

The Windsor Police Department released a statement after announcing Gutierrez’s termination, saying the officer did not follow the department policy.

“At the conclusion of this investigation, it was determined that Windsor Police Department policy was not followed,” the department wrote.

“This resulted in disciplinary action, and department-wide requirements for additional training were implemented beginning in January and continue up to the present. Since that time, Officer Gutierrez was also terminated from his employment,” the department added.

The other officer, Daniel Crocker, is still currently employed by Windsor Police Department. 

Written ByHaley Weger

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