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Derrick Thompson biography: 10 things about Woodbridge, Virginia man

Derrick T. Thompson Jr. is the black man in the viral video showing his encounter with then Virginia Department of State Police officer Charles “Chuck” Edward Hewitt. 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.

Derrick Thompson, Charles Hewitt
Derrick Thompson, Charles 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 things about him:

  1. He hails from Woodbridge, William Country, Virginia.
  2. He is in a relationship with Pao Lozoya.
  3. He previously lived in Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia.
  4. From 2013 to 2014, he lived in Alexandria, Virginia.
  5. In February 2019, he started working as a food server at The Cheesecake Factory in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County.
  6. In August 2019, he pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge while the other charges were dismissed. The other charges were dismissed.
  7. After a video of his encounter with Hewitt surfaced on July 13, 2020, he was represented by Joshua Erlich. They sent a letter about Hewitt to Virginia attorney general Mark Herring.
  8. 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.
  9. In February 2021, the Virginia State Police fired Hewitt because of what Hewitt did to him on April 20, 2019.
  10. He was 29 years old when the federal lawsuit claiming he had been assaulted and had his constitutional rights violated by Hewitt was settled in April 2021 for $20,000 with no admission of wrongdoing by the state of Virginia.

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