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 backup 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 10 more facts about him:
- He lives in Woodbridge, William Country, Virginia.
- From 2013 to 2014, he lived in Alexandria, Virginia.
- He previously lived in Springfield, Virginia.
- He is in a relationship with Pao Lozoya.
- On February 26, 2019, he started working as a food server at The Cheesecake Factory in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County.
- He was 27 years old when he encountered Hewitt on April 20, 2019.
- In August 2019, he pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge while the other charges were dismissed. The other charges were dismissed.
- After a video of his encounter with Hewitt went viral in 2020, he was represented by Joshua Erlich. They sent a letter about Hewitt to Virginia attorney general Mark Herring.
- 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.
- In April 2021, the federal lawsuit claiming he had been assaulted and had his constitutional rights violated by Hewitt was settled for $20,000 with no admission of wrongdoing by the state of Virginia, the Washington Post quoted Erlich as saying.