Two weeks after he was cited for speeding in an Ashburn school zone, a Washington Redskins safety turned to Twitter yesterday to raise allegations of racial profiling against the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were conducting traffic enforcement as part of the School Awareness & Firm Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Traffic Safety Initiative on Nov. 29 near Farmwell Middle School when a deputy’s LIDAR showed a car traveling above the speed limit.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver pulled over into a shopping center. Su’a Cravens, 22, of Ashburn, was issued tickets for driving 39 mph in a 25 mph school zone and for illegal tinted windows.
In his Twitter posts, which include a video made at the conclusion of the traffic stop, Cravens said the deputy claimed to have smelled marijuana and detained him while other deputies were called and his car was searched. No illegal substance was found.
“He accused me of smelling like marijuana from his vehicle as I was getting out my car and slammed me against my car. Cuffed me and put me in the squad car. Then search my car inside and out for 30 mins, couldn’t find anything, so he wrote me 3 traffic tickets,” Cravens wrote.
Cravens claimed that at least one car was passing him at a faster speed at the time he was pulled over and that he was targeted because he was a black man with tattoos.
“And shoutout to the Police Officer that racially profiled me, followed me to the store, yanked and slammed me against my car, cuffed me and threw me in the back of his squad car for supposedly doing 39 in a 35 last week. Gotta love this world man,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I’m going to sue the [expletive] out of this man,” Cravens said of the deputy in his video.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the agency has not received a formal complaint about the incident and would not comment further on the allegations and of the pending court case.
Cravens is scheduled to appear in Loudoun County District Court on Jan. 26.
According to Loudoun court records Cravens previously was pulled over in May 2016 and issued a ticket for failing to display license plates. That charge was later dropped.