Nazario’s vehicle was stopped while driving home on the evening of December 5, 2020; He was in uniform at the time.
His lawsuit alleges two officers drawn their guns, sprayed him with pepper spray, thrown him to the ground and threatened execution when he tried to cooperate. Video footage of the incident from police footage has been widespread in recent days.
In his statement on Sunday afternoon, Northam said he was “inviting” Nazario to meet with him.
“We all need to continue the larger dialogue about reform in our country,” said Northam.
Nazario’s lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court, was first reported by the Virginian pilot.
“I was horrified to watch the recently released video footage of the police treatment of Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the US Army.” Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott tweeted Saturday. “This should have been a routine traffic disruption and the video speaks for itself.”