“You’re getting a ** whooped!” Virginia trooper is investigated after surfaced video shows him “terrorizing” a black car driver during a traffic stop
- Black motorist Derrick Thompson, 28, filmed meeting Virginia State Troopers after coaxing him in April 2019
- The footage shows that Trooper Charles Hewitt posed a physical threat to Thompson before he was arrested
- Thompson’s lawyer has now sent the video to the authorities investigating
- Trooper Hewitt has now been placed on administrative leave and calls have been made to charge and fire him
- Thompson says the meeting was ‘the worst I’ve experienced in my life’
There have been calls for a Virginia State Trooper to be fired after a surfaced video showing him threatening a black man during a traffic stop in 2019.
Trooper Charles Hewitt has been put on administrative leave because officials are investigating the incident that took place in Fairfax County on April 20 last year.
Back then, black motorist Derrick Thompson was run over by Hewitt and several other troopers while driving to work at the Cheesecake Factory in Tysons Corner.
One of the troopers claimed she smelled marijuana and ordered Thompson to get out of his vehicle and started filming the meeting on his cell phone.
The two-minute video – now under investigation by the Virginia state police – shows trooper Hewitt saying to Thompson, “You’re getting a ** shooped! ‘
“He just got into my car illegally,” Thompson tells the camera, referring to Hewitt, who is seen in the window of the vehicle.
“Look at me. I’m a damn king here, buddy. You are on my last nerves. You get your a ** whooped! Hewitt then replies.
“Sir, my hands are up, I’m not a threat … I feel unsafe. I have just been threatened by an officer while two other officers are standing by and saying absolutely nothing, ”Thompson continues.
Thompson refuses to get out of the car and repeatedly repeats that his hands are up and that he is not a danger to the officers.
Just then, Hewitt reaches forward and unlocks Thompson’s seat belt, shouting, “I’ll give you three!”
Then he looks directly into the camera and says “Watch the show people!”
Hewitt grabs Thompson around the neck and takes him out of the car. At that point, the phone drops and the view is darkened, but sound can still be heard.
“Sir, get off my neck! I don’t resist! You’re harming me! Thompson repeatedly states.
After Thompson refuses to get out of his vehicle, Trooper Hewitt reaches forward, opens Thompson’s seat belt, and shouts, “I’ll give you three counts!”
Hewitt grabs Thompson around the neck and takes him out of the car. At that point, Thompson drops the phone and obscures the view
Thompson was subsequently arrested for violating the law without violence and pleaded guilty in a district court earlier this year.
However, Thompson’s attorney Josh Erlich has now sent the video footage to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, accompanied by a letter saying that his client had been “unconstitutional harassed.”
Erlich also shared the clip on his Twitter account earlier this week, saying that Thompson had been ‘terrorized’ and ‘attacked’
The lawyer told it The Washington Post that Thompson also suffered cuts to his face during his arrest.
Thompson told the publication that meeting Hewitt was “frankly the worst thing I’ve experienced in my life.”
He wants Hewitt to be fired from Virginia State Police, who are now investigating the incident.
Virginia state police inspector Colonel Gary T. Settle released a statement saying that he watched the video and found that “the behavior that Trooper Hewitt displays during the traffic stop is not in accordance with the established standards of conduct required are for a Virginia trooper. ‘
An outcome is pending.
Thompson’s attorney Josh Erlich has now sent the video footage to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, accompanied by a letter saying that his client was “harassed unconstitutional”