Attorneys representing a U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper-sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop have filed a motion for a new trial after a jury found mostly in favor of the police officers.
Attorney Tom Roberts said a new trial is essential to show the justice system works, WWBT-TV reported. The motion was filed Friday, days after a federal jury in Richmond awarded Lt. Caron Nazario less than $4,000 in a lawsuit in which he had sought more than $1 million.
“He was shocked, everybody was shocked, the nation was shocked,” said Roberts, who co-represents Nazario. Letting the verdict stand would be a miscarriage of justice, Roberts said.
Video of the 2020 incident in the small town of Windsor got millions of views after Nazario filed the federal lawsuit, highlighting fears of mistreatment among Black drivers and raising questions about reasonable police conduct.