Posted by: Anita Job|
FAIRFAX, VA — Although a prosecutor decided not to file criminal charges against a Virginia State Trooper who forcibly removed a noncompliant motorist from his vehicle, the trooper was reportedly fired earlier this year.
The motorist, Derrick Thompson, sued Virginia State Trooper Charles Hewitt and the state for a 2019 incident and won a $20,000 settlement last month.
Thompson’s attorney, Joshua Erlich, confirmed Hewitt was fired for the incident this past February.
NBC News reported that Col. Gary Settle, the Virginia State Police superintendent, said through a statement last July that Hewitt’s conduct was inappropriate:
“The conduct displayed by Trooper Hewitt during the course of the traffic stop is not in agreement with the established standards of conduct required of a Virginia trooper.”