Second Lt. Caron Nazario, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps was in uniform driving to Petersburg, Virginia after a drill weekend. On December 5th, 2020, two police officers ordered him out of his his truck, at gunpoint, with their weapons aimed at his face.
This happened in December, 2020. We are only hearing about this now, in April, 2021.
Police popped their lights on him a mile away in the country rural dark — a scary scene for a Black man in the South. Too nervous to stop on a darkened road, Lieutenant Nazario, who is a Black-Latin man, drove about a mile to a well-lit gas station, pulled over and placed his cellphone on his dashboard (according to a lawsuit and video footage of the encounter.)
“Get out of the car,” one yells one belligerent white cop.
Lieutenant Nazario, still in his seat-belt, repeatedly asks why he had been stopped, and why the officers had drawn their guns.
He positions his empty hands outside the window, a horrendously submissive gesture that Black people seemed to have invented just to survive America’s racist, Afrophobic culture.
“I’m honestly afraid to get out of the car,” ~ Lieutenant Nazario
“You should be.” ~ Joe Gutierrez, Windsor PD
Officer “You-Should-Be-Afraid” then doused LT Nazario’s face with pepper spray, despite the fact that this uniformed Army Lieutenant is surrendered and submissive to the point at which he was no threat. The Second Lieutenant, by way of what I’ll call a cross between Black self-discipline and military composure, kept his hands up as he coughed and hacked, and he pleaded with the racially belligerent cops. Pepper Spray dripped from his face like Florida humidity on a sweltering summer day. He also wished to make sure his dog was okay, which might have been a signal to the Whiteness Rangers to please, stop hurting him. If they don’t respect the Black guy, maybe they will respect the dog; Whiteness Rangers love dogs.
In the end, LT Nazario will have suffered physical and sociological racial abuse by two Suidae Sus Scrofa Domesticus. The LT filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the illegal search of his car, use of excessive force and threat of life, violating his rights under the First Amendment.
The lawsuit seeks $1 million in compensatory damages.
The police officers also threatened his military career to silence him from speaking of their racial abuse, by charging him of multiple crimes. (funny how conservative media doesn’t call that “cancel culture”, right?)
Lieutenant Nazario is a 27 year-old Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
As a U.S. Army Lieutenant to the Medical Corps, he will probably function as a doctor for Soldiers and civilians in the future. He definitely has at least a Secret security clearance, which is investigated every ten years. As a Second Lieutenant in the military he is young, so his clearance will be fresh; to get and maintain a security clearance you have to functionally have a crimeless lifestyle. Him being in uniform should imply that he is a crimeless person and is trusted with not only sensitive information but also the lives of others. Him being in uniform should inform any cop — racist or otherwise — that he is a man of integrity, moral character and possibly, sacrifice. His uniform should warrant dignity and respect; that’s what conservative media says at least.
In the police report the sus domesticus said they had pulled over Lieutenant Nazario because his S.U.V. did not have license plates. Lieutenant Nazario had recently bought a Chevrolet Tahoe and was waiting for metal license plates like anyone else who buys a car off a lot. A temporary paper license plate had been taped inside the rear window. You would think that a cop would be trained to think to look for that.
The police report also said Lieutenant Nazario had “willfully and wantonly disregarded” police lights and sirens before pulling over, and “was actively resisting.” The video from LT Nazario and the police cameras proves this to be a lie. Even further, wouldn’t threatening to execute this Black man prove one’s point in choosing a well-lit area to stop? LT Nazario rode under the speeding limit with his hazard lights on, less than a mile to a gas station to stop. Putting on hazard-lights to communicate to the following cop car that he acknowledges them doesn’t seem to be “wanton disregard.” Why cops love lying so much? Are they on drugs, hallucinating? Why do white cops hallucinate when it comes to Black people? These questions can be another topic in itself.
“I’m actively serving this country and this is how you’re going to treat me? What’s going on?” ~ Lieutenant Nazario
“What’s going on is you’re fixing to ride the lightning, son,” ~ Gutierrez, Windsor PD
Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker were the police officers who conducted this categorically racist, abusive stop. They are two police officers from a town of roughly 2,700 people. Two out of six total police members. There’s a chief, first sergeant, one detective, and one other regular officer, and these two guys. I can imagine what their town looks like: mostly white, or at least that’s the demographic they don’t intrude on. I can imagine who they voted for: Trump. I can picture them supporting the coup on the Capitol to install a white nationalist dictator. I can see all of that. Windsor Virginia has a demographic that’s 73.13% white. For the Afro-American at 18.38%, I can only wonder what their experiences are.
Being a Black Soldier in America is hard (due to white supremacy)
I will have to admit that this scenario hits me hard.
For those who are new to my insight: I am a Black man who had served in the United States Army for 20 years, from 1999 to 2019. I retired with full honor. I been in war twice, serving two years in Afghanistan. I served all over the northern hemisphere of the world, from Europe to the Middle-East, to East Asia. In service, while once conservative to a great extent, I never was one of the Black military types who totally bought in on the conservative brainwashing that attempts to make excuses for racist behaviors. When conservative personalities in the military began leaning harder on white supremacy — Black, white, Asian, all races and ethnicities — and I noticed.
I left the military threatened by my military superiors to be silent on speaking out against racism in America, which at the time was criticism that led up to the President of the United States. I said Trump was a threat to democracy back in 2017, and he proved to be so, in six days into the year 2021. I said white supremacy is the #1 terror threat, while serving in the Army (only citing FBI data), only to get punished by white fragility which sought to intentionally misunderstand what I said.
This event hits me hard because I know how the military works; there is ZERO comprehensive training to understand systemic racism in the United States. Don’t get me wrong: the Army has the capability and capacity to train against systemic racism. The problem is how the will isn’t there. They don’t want to do it because the Army as tough as they want to be, still coddles white feelings over any nonwhite person’s life. The U.S. Army prepares its Soldiers to die, in any war zone across the world, in different biomes such as desert, jungle, arctic — but is stark afraid of addressing white supremacy in the environment, in the media, and in its ranks.
White people would rather die alone in a battlefield maimed and mutilated than to honestly approach racism and white supremacy.
The U.S. Army needs to talk about this, seriously and honestly
Army EO Policy is where racism is formally addressed. In Army EO (Equal Opportunity) policy, the Army will train a Soldier all day on the proper procedures of filing a formal or informal complaint. The Army loves to drill troops to know how many calendar days a commander has to respond, and other procedural, bureaucratic knowledge. But they won’t talk about the history of racism in America, especially certain regions in these confederate states where most of these U.S. bases reside.
Hell, most Army bases are named after racists and bigots in the Confederate army. We can’t even fix that problem.
Army folks stay ducking and dodging the conversation on racism, because most would rather protect white American identity from self-reflection. I always found it baffling for example, how an Army commanding officer would give a safety briefing each weekend about ridiculous things like rare wildlife and bugs but nothing on the racist attitudes of the civilians (or the troops) in the area. Commanders will remind Soldiers to not drink and drive a boat in the middle of a desert before they mention racist police (and a racist public).
I remember in between 2014 and 2015 how an Army commander asked his Non-Commissioned Officers what troops they had who was from, or had family in Nepal due to a mudslide in Indo-China, but never thought to ask what troops they had who were from Baltimore, Maryland when Freddie Gray was murdered by police, with a subsequent civic disfunction in this American city. He had one Soldier from Baltimore, with me from D.C., in a tangential way of being close to home.
I asked if SPC Stoney was okay. No one else did.
The U.S. Army — and the rest of the military forces — need a drastic overhaul in their EO program. The anti-racism aspect of the Army EO program has to functionally deprogram the brainwashing conservative media does to troops.
Trust me when I tell you that every Soldier isn’t a critical thinker. Everyone serving doesn’t have a military occupational specialty (MOS) that inculcates critical thinking; some jobs in the military actively drives people away from the type of critical thought and analyses required to eradicate systemic, sociological racism. We need to remove a prime vehicle of white supremacist radicalization from the military. Removing Fox News infinitely automatically existing in the background of military offices would help that. Fox News is no longer news, and it’s been that way for a while now. Abolish Fox News from military eyes and ears.
I know precisely what it’s like to be a Black Soldier speaking on racism while serving in the Armed Forces.
This racist event in Virginia really hurts me because I know the life of the person threatened and abused by police. I know what it’s like to listen to a bunch of racist Soldiers in an office, lab or motorpool act like Kaepernick “disrespects” Soldiers, while actual racism like this that actually disrespects Soldiers happening. This argument white supremacy enablers make has been on repeat for years.
I’m hurting, and tired, because even as the Sergeant Major of the Army says everyone needs to have this conversation, leadership in the U.S. Army will fail again to answer the call, here.
I remember taking the Oath, how it mentions engaging all enemies — foreign and domestic. There are too many troops who are not only afraid of engaging the domestic enemy in this case, but they also are beholden to it. White supremacy.
Too many troops think white supremacy is a friend, when it’s not.
And that’s the big problem.
Assist Lieutenant Nazario here:
Stand with Lt. Caron Nazario - Defending Liberty, organized by Tom Roberts
Lt. Nazario filed a federal lawsuit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Norfolk…
People of Color are in an Abusive Relationship (with White America)
Originally written Aug 28, 2016.
As a U.S. Army Veteran I view Police through the Lens of the NCO Creed.
And You should, too.
“Defunding the Police” Needs to Happen.
Because police don’t recognize when they are failures.
Even Military Manuals warns not to Crush Down Protest with Violence
So what the hell are cops doing?