Virginia trooper fired after forcefully arresting black man during traffic stop


Virginia State Police have fired a state trooper caught on video violently arresting a black motorist and telling him, “You’re going to get your ass whooped” — more than two years after the incident, according to new reports. Trooper Charles Hewitt was fired in February for his role in the 2019 traffic stop in Fairfax County, an attorney representing driver Derrick Thompson told the Washington Post. Video recorded by Thompson, 29, during his arrest — which went viral last summer — showed Hewitt playing to the camera, looking it dead in the eye and saying, “Watch the show, folks,” before yanking Thompson out of the car. “Get off my neck sir. You are harming me,” Thompson can be heard saying off-camera. The arrest came after Thompson filmed Hewitt unlocking and opening the car door while threatening to hurt him. “Take a look at me. I’m a f–king specimen right here, buddy. You have gotten on my last nerve,” Hewitt tells Thompson — who repeats variations of “my hands are up,” “I’m being threatened,” and “I am in no threat to these officers” throughout the arrest.

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