Caron Nazario, a U.S. Army second lieutenant, is suing two police officers over a traffic stop in Windsor, Virginia, in December.
The incident was captured on Nazario's cellphone and the bodycam footage from the two officers.
"These cameras captured footage of behavior consistent with a disgusting nationwide trend of law enforcement officers, who, believing they can operate with complete impunity, engage in unprofessional, discourteous, racially biased, dangerous and sometimes deadly abuses of authority ..." the lawsuit says.
Windsor Police Officer Daniel Crocker said on police radio he was attempting to stop a vehicle with no license plate and tinted windows. Crocker also said the driver was "eluding police" and considered it a "high-risk traffic stop" before the incident.
Jonathan Arthur, Nazario's lawyer, said Nazario was not "eluding police," but was driving to a well-lit area, "for officer safety and out of respect for the officers."
Another police officer, Joe Gutierrez, joined the traffic stop after hearing Crocker's radio call. Both sides of the case dispute what happened after Gutierrez joined the traffic stop.
Crocker and Gutierrez still work for the Windsor Police Department.