The town police department has already conducted an internal investigation that found the officers had not followed department policy. The investigation resulted in disciplinary action and requirements for additional training, the town said.
“The Town of Windsor prides itself in its small-town charm and the community-wide respect of its police department,” the town said in the statement. “Due to this, we are saddened for events like this to cast our community in a negative light.”
“Rather than deflect criticism, we have addressed these matters with our personnel administratively, we are reaching out to community stakeholders to engage in dialogue, and commit ourselves to additional discussions in the future.”
Col. Gary Settle, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, communicated on Sunday with Northam and Windsor Police Chief Rodney Riddle.
“At Chief Riddle’s request and the governor’s directive, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is initiating a thorough and objective criminal investigation into the Dec. 5, 2020, traffic stop conducted by the Windsor police officers,” state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Sunday night.
The political reaction was swift to a story published on Thursday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk that described the confrontation between Nazario and the two town police officers, identified as Daniel Crocker and Joe Gutierrez, who has since “terminated from his employment,” the town said.