The news is out: [A Virginia state trooper is under investigation for a traffic stop in 2019 during which he can be heard on video telling a Black driver, “You’re going to get your a– whooped,” before forcefully removing the man from his car, authorities said Wednesday.
An attorney for the motorist, Derrick Thompson, tweeted video on Monday from the encounter that Thompson, 28, recorded with his cellphone.
The attorney, Joshua Erlich, also tweeted a letter that he said he sent to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday alleging Thompson was “unconstitutionally assaulted” and his car was illegally searched on I-495 by Trooper Charles Hewitt and other troopers during the stop. Herring did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
State police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle said he has seen the two-minute video and that Hewitt has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
“The conduct displayed by Trooper Hewitt during the course of the traffic stop is not in agreement with the established standards of conduct required of a Virginia trooper,” Col. Settle said in a statement Wednesday. “Nor is it characteristic of the service provided daily across the Commonwealth of Virginia by Virginia State Police personnel.”]
Another cop who cannot control his ego. Not many people know that a cop is NOT allowed to search a car without a warrant; the passenger doesn’t have to ID and cannot be searched.