A Virginia state trooper is under investigation for a traffic stop in 2019 during which he can be heard on the video telling a Black driver, “You’re going to get your a– whooped,” before forcefully removing the man from his car, authorities said Wednesday.
State police said in Wednesday’s statement that at 4:15 p.m. on April 20, 2019, Thompson was stopped for an expired inspection decal. During the stop, state police said, the trooper confirmed that Thompson was driving with a suspended driver’s license.
“The trooper also detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside Thompson’s car,” the statement said, adding that additional troopers responded to assist with the stop.
State police said Thompson “refused to comply with the trooper’s repeated requests to exit his vehicle” and after approximately 10 minutes, Hewitt informed him that he was under arrest.