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VIDEO: NFL Player Claims Racial Profiling Over Tinted Window Ticket

Su'a Cravens was stopped after speeding in a school zone, and is claiming he was racially profiled.

Ashburn, VA – Washington Redskins football player Su’a Cravens has claimed he was racially profiled by police during a recent traffic stop, and that he was pulled from his car, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a cruiser because he was black.

The incident occurred on Nov. 29 when the 22-year-old safety was stopped for speeding, according to WTTG.

The traffic stop occurred as part of the School Awareness & Firm Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Traffic Safety Initiative near the Farmwell Middle School, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said deputies using radar tracked Craven’s car going 39 mph.

Deputies said they initiated a traffic stop and issued Cravens a speeding ticket and an illegal tint ticket. The ticket was written for 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.

In a statement, the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said:

“This traffic stop was not a case of racial profiling. Additionally, the LCSO has not received any formal complaints regarding this matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further regarding any allegations and involving a pending court case.

“The driver was detained for officer safety for a short period of time after he repeatedly failed to comply with the deputy’s commands regarding staying in his vehicle and removing his hands from his pockets.”

Cravens recorded a video after the traffic stop while still in the shopping center parking lot and posted it to TMZ, which he said was to show the deputies involved in the stop, and to record his version of what happened. He also uploaded the video to Twitter, and apologized to his parents for his profanity, according to WTOP.

In the video, he accused deputies of racially profiling him, and said they accused him of having marijuana in his vehicle. Cravens also threatened in the video to file a lawsuit.

Cravens said the only reason he was stopped was, “I’m black. I’ve got tattoos on my neck. I’m out here in a nice car.”

Gloucester Parkway is a 35 mph zone in the general area, but at the spot where police were conducting traffic enforcement at the entrance to the middle school, School Zone traffic signs of 25 mph include flashing lights had been placed.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said the infraction occurred during afternoon school hours.

The LCSO said it has received no complaints related to the incident.

Cravens was selected by the Redskins in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He appeared in 11 games, and started in three during his rookie season before he was injured.

He was projected to be strong safety for the Redskins’ 2017 season, but announced a week before the opening game that he wanted to retire, according to ESPN.

Team president Bruce Allen convinced Cravens to postpone his decision, and he was placed on the exempt list to work out any personal problems he may have had. Two weeks later, he was placed on the reserve/left squad list, effectively ending any potential for playing this season.

Cravens’ court date is set for Jan. 26.

​You can see clips of the incident below along with the sheriff’s office response:

GinnyReed - December Tue, 2017


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