A Virginia State Police trooper who is seen in a viral video telling a Black driver “you are going to get your a– whooped” before violently removing the man from his car in 2019 is no longer with the agency, a spokeswoman said.
VSP Communications Director Corinne Geller said her agency was prohibited from releasing additional details, but an attorney for the driver said he was told in talks held during settlement of a lawsuit over the incident that Charles Hewitt was fired for cause in February, months after the video became public.
Joshua Erlich, the attorney, said the federal lawsuit claiming Derrick Thompson had been assaulted and had his constitutional rights violated by the trooper was settled this month for $20,000, with no admission of wrongdoing by the state. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office confirmed a settlement but did not characterize the deal or offer any other comment. A working phone number could not be located for Hewitt.
At one point, Hewitt leans toward Thompson and yells: “Take a look at me. I am a f—ing specimen right here, buddy. You have gotten on my last nerve, all right?”
Thompson tells Hewitt he has his hands up.
Hewitt then tells him: “You are going to get your a– whooped.” He then goes on to say: “I’m going to give you one more chance. You can bring that with you — I’ll let you film the whole thing.”
After some more discussion, Hewitt tells Thompson he is being placed under arrest, looks into the camera and says, “Watch the show, folks.”
Hewitt then forcefully removes Thompson from the car, takes him to the ground and arrests him. Thompson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice last year in Fairfax County General District Court.
That so many white liberal commenters here are actively pro-police, as shown in yesterday’s thread on the issue, is absolutely shocking and outrageous, if not surprising. Whites love cops. They think that cops are ultimately good. They think that cops will protect them. This is white privilege in action. The cops are an actively malevolent force on society. If you don’t see that, that’s on you.