Derrick T. Thompson Jr. is the African-American man in the viral video showing his encounter with Virginia Department of State Police officer Charles “Chuck” Edward Hewitt. The video surfaced on social media on July 13, 2020.
At around 4:15 p.m. on April 20, 2019, Thompson was traveling north on Interstate 495 at the 51 mile marker in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, when he was stopped by a female Virginia State Trooper for an expired inspection decal.
The trooper claimed to smell marijuana coming from the car of Thompson, who refused to allow a search of his vehicle. She called for back-up and returned with two other Virginia State Troopers including Hewitt.
Thompson insisted that his detention and the search were illegal. Hewitt responded, “Brother, how do you think this is going to end?”
“Are you ready to go through all of this today just for that?” Hewitt continued. “There’s probably not even any weed in here.”
The troopers were aware that Thompson was filming the interaction with his cellphone placed on his dashboard. Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He was born on February 25, 1992.
- He is in a relationship with Pao Lozoya.
- He lived in Alexandria, Virginia from 2013 to 2014 before moving to Woodbridge, William Country, Virginia.
- Among his relatives are Turner F. Thompson, Aaron M. Thompson, Aaron A. Thompson, Jay J. Thompson, Calvin L. Thompson, Fannie G. Thompson and Monica Franette Thompson.
- He has been working as a food server at The Cheesecake Factory in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County since February 26, 2019.
- He was on his way to work when he was stopped by Virginia State Troopers.
- He was put in a choke hold by Hewitt and had cuts and abrasions to his face and left leg after he was thrown by the trooper face down onto the pavement.
- He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he underwent a medical evaluation for a minor abrasion to his forehead.
- The Virginia State Troopers arrested him and charged him with misdemeanor obstruction of justice without force, driving on a suspended license and for the expired inspection decal.
- In August 2019, he pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge while the other charges were dismissed. The other charges were dismissed.
- On July 15, 2020, he told The Grio that his encounter with the Virginia State Troopers was the worst thing he has gone through in his life.
- He and his lawyer Joshua Erlich sent a letter to Mark Herring, attorney general of the Commonwealth of Virginia, about Hewitt.
- He and Erlich hope to reach a resolution without legal action. He wants Hewitt to be fired and charged for the incident.