By now most people have read of or heard about the Windsor, Virginia, police stopping Black/Latino Army Lieutenant, Caron Nazario, and pepper spraying and threatening execution after pulling him over for a supposed motor vehicle violation. He was driving his new SUV with temporary plates in view on the back of his new vehicle.
Lt Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was in uniform and driving with a temporary paper license plate on his back window on 5 December, when he was told to pull over in the town of Windsor.
He then stopped at a petrol station and kept his hands outside the window, while asking the policemen why he was being stopped.
"To unbuckle his seatbelt, to do anything, any misstep - he was afraid that they were going to kill him," Mr Arthur told CBS.
The suit filed by Lt Nazario says that Mr Gutierrez acknowledged why the army officer had waited to pull over in a lighted area. "I get it, the media spewing race relations between law enforcement and minorities. I get it," the policeman said, according to the suit.
The complaint alleges that the officers' behavior is "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." "What's going on?" Nazario, dressed in uniform, repeatedly asked.
Windsor Police Department officer Joe Gutierrez responded: "What's going on is you're fixing to ride the lightning, son."
"Fixing to ride the lightning," is a murder threat, the complaint that was filed against the Windsor, VA, police, claims.
It is a colloquial expression for execution that refers to death by electric chair.
Metallica used the phrase for the name of their 1984 album, Ride the Lightning.
Ride is the second studio album from the heavy metal band, released 1984.
The eponymous track includes the following lyrics: “Death in the air / Strapped in the electric chair / This can’t be happening to me”.