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Robert A. George

Once Again, a Black Soldier Suffers From Police Abuse

The latest video of a traffic stop gone horribly wrong has eerie parallels to an episode from 75 years ago.

Outside the Derek Chauvin trial, Minneapolis, March 2021.

Outside the Derek Chauvin trial, Minneapolis, March 2021.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images North America

In the midst of the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, more Americans are becoming familiar with the ways Black men continue to be mistreated by law enforcement. Last week yet another disturbing encounter between a Black man and the police came to light — and this time the incident has eerie echoes not only of the recent past but also of an incident three-quarters of a century ago.

In a lawsuit filed against two police officers in Windsor, Virginia, Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario says that he was on his way home from purchasing a new S.U.V. last December when he saw police cruiser lights behind him. He was on a dark road, so he slowed down, turned on his hazard lights and drove to a well-lit gas station.