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Lt. Caron Nazario update – Town of Windsor Settles suit by Virginia Attorney General – 9/7/2023

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September 7, 2023 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

Settlement by Town of Windsor

9/7/2023 – The Town of Windsor Virginia settles the suit brought against it stemming from the violations to Lt. Caron Nazario. 

Shocking Traffic Stop involving Army Lt. Caron Nazario

Lt. Nazario attacked with pepper spray

“egregious and unjust use of power”

Virginia’s Attorney General Miyares stated: “What we all saw in the shocking traffic stop video involving Army Lt. Caron Nazario was an egregious and unjust use of power...I join the hundreds of thousands of good and decent law enforcement officers who stand against the kind of police misconduct we witnessed. Police are the only government entity that has a monopoly on the use of force in American society, so it’s important that they be good stewards of that responsibility and strive for excellence in the administration of justice. Excessive use of force and violations of constitutional liberties will not be tolerated in Virginia.” (See OAG Press Release)

“Excessive use of force and violations of constitutional liberties will not be tolerated in Virginia”

Photo of Jonathan M Arthur, Esq.

Civil Rights Attorney Jonathan Arthur, who is lead attorney for Lt. Caron Nazario, stated “This settlement by the Town of Windsor is a step in the right direction.  We are continuing to fight for justice for Lt. Caron Nazario.  We are pursuing his appeal in the 4th Circuit United States Court of Appeals.  The trial results added insult to injury.”

Tom Roberts, Civil Rights Attorney

Civil Rights Attorney Tom Roberts stated “I am pleased to be joined by Virginia’s Attorney General Miyares in his unwavering stand to support the Constitution.  We couldn’t agree more, with his statement ‘Excessive use of force and violations of constitutional liberties will not be tolerated in Virginia.'”  The law firm has been championing civil rights in Virginia since 1986.  Roberts continued, “We owe it to the Citizens of Virginia, as well as to those police officers who faithfully fulfill their oaths of office, and committed to be good stewards of that responsibility and strive for excellence in the administration of justice.”

 

Details of the Settlement:

The settlement requires the following:

  1. The Town of Windsor must seek accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
  2. The Windsor Police Department must institute a policy to create an independent review commission to address complaints for excessive use of force and serious misconduct of its police force.
  3. The Windsor police must have bi-annual training
  4. For a specified period reports must be submitted to the Attorney General’s Office to ensure compliance.

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