Redskins safety Su’a Cravens is threatening to sue officers in Virginia, claiming he was racially profiled and roughed up during a recent traffic stop.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Cravens, 22, was pulled over on November 29th. However on Monday, he posted two profanity-filled videos taken the day of the stop.
"… start pushing me up against the – the –the whip. Put cuffs on my hands, like yo. And then the d-head thought he was going to find something and then accuse me, ‘Both you guys smell like weed,” he says in one part of the video.
Sounding stunned, he tells his 115,000 Twitter fans, he was pulled over for doing just four miles over the posted speed limit. Cravens can be heard repeatedly saying he was pulled over for doing 39 mph in a 35 mph zone.
However, a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson says he was actually caught doing 39 mph in a 25 mph designated ‘school zone’ area outside of Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, Va.
The sheriff’s office said after the stop, Cravens “repeatedly failed to comply with the deputy’s commands regarding staying on his vehicle and removing his hands from his pockets.”
In the video, Cravens accuses a Sheriff Deputy of pulling him over, “ [because] what, I'm black, I got tattoos on my neck, I'm out her in a nice car."
Cravens is the young Washington Redskins player who stunned everyone earlier this year when he announced he was going to retire from football. He has since changed his mind at the reported urging of the team.
On Monday and Tuesday, comments stretch across the board about what happened. There’s still also a lot of questions, including why Cravens decided to post the videos weeks later. We did not receive an answer to this on Tuesday.
However, WUSA9 did hear from the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP. Their President, Phillip Thompson, expressed his own concerns and comments about the traffic stop videos.
"Unfortunately we tell our African American kids, ‘Do not escalate these matters because you end up hurt or dead,” Thompson said, “and so it's important that the officers understand that the community's on edge because of some of the things that have occurred in other jurisdictions."
"There's nothing more irritating in life than being … driving and being pulled over while black,” added Thompson.
The Loudoun County NAACP president told WUSA9 he spoke to the Loudoun County Sheriff, Michael Chapman, on Monday about the video and what they can do when it comes to stressful traffic stops.
Thompson mentioned more training on how law enforcement responds and said the NAACP has already put together a video educating civilians on what you should do.
The NAACP asked Cravens to reach out to them. Last WUSA9 were told, he has not done so.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they have not received a formal complaint regarding the matter.
Cravens was cited for both speeding 39 mph in a 25 mph and for illegally tinted windows. He has a court date set for January 26, 2018.