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NAACP asks Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney to remove herself from Windsor traffic stop case

The group also said it wants Gov. Northam to authorize Attorney General Herring’s office to review the Virginia State Police final investigation report.

RICHMOND, Va. — The NAACP is asking Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette C. Phillips to remove herself from the Windsor traffic stop case involving a Black Army officer.

In a letter, the Isle of Wight NAACP is also requesting Gov. Ralph Northam allow Attorney General Mark Herring's office to review the Virginia State Police's final investigation report into the incident.

Body camera footage showed two Windsor police officers drew guns, threatened, pepper-sprayed, and handcuffed Army Lt. Caron Nazario during a traffic stop in December, before releasing him without charges. 

At one point in the video, Nazario, who is Black and Latino, calmly said he was “afraid” to follow officers' commands to exit his vehicle.

One of the officers, Joe Gutierrez, was fired from his job.

"Since this incident, our local chapter has called for full accountability and transparency amongst the Town of Windsor officials and the Windsor police department," the letter states.

"Instead we have seen the local government unapologetically stand by the actions of these officers, provide the citizens with incoherent answers and have used their powers to stifle the transparency process."

Virginia's newly created Office of Civil Rights opened a patterns and practice case into the Windsor Police Department. Rep. Bobby also asked the Department of Justice to investigate the case.

IOW NAACP President Valerie Cofer Butler signed the letter addressed to Phillips and Gov. Northam.

The local chapter will hold a press conference at noon Friday at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.