Another black (former) professional athlete, washed-up Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens, is falsely claiming racial bias after being pulled over and given a speeding ticket for going 39mph in a 25mph zone.
Su’a Cravens claims that he was racially profiled, instead of admitting the truth that he was caught breaking the law by driving 14mph over the speed limit, and apparently would not comply with the officer’s commands.
“Bro just wanted to pull somebody over because, what, I’m black, I have tattoos on my neck and I’m out here in a nice car? They said I’m going 39 in a 35. What, bro?” – Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens
“A deputy’s LIDAR received a reading on a vehicle that was traveling over the posted speed limit of 25 mph in a school zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver pulled over into a shopping center.”
“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,”
Redskins safety Su’a Cravens accused the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling Monday over a recent traffic stop.
On Nov. 29, according to online records, Cravens was issued a speeding ticket for going 39 in a 25 mph zone and another ticket for having an illegal tint on his car.
In a video posted on Twitter, the 22-year-old safety said police pulled him out of his car, slammed him against it while putting him in handcuffs and searched his vehicle for marijuana.
“Bro just wanted to pull somebody over because, what, I’m black, I have tattoos on my neck and I’m out here in a nice car?” Cravens said. “They said I’m going 39 in a 35. What, bro?”
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. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said the infraction occurred during afternoon school hours.
Cravens’ court date is set for Jan. 26.
In a statement, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said the traffic stop “was not a case of racial profiling.”
“On November 29, deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office were conducting traffic enforcement as part of the School Awareness & Firm Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Traffic Safety Initiative in the area of the Farmwell Middle School in Ashburn, VA,” the office said. “During this enforcement deputies were using a LIDAR to track vehicles traveling on the roadway in a school zone. A deputy’s LIDAR received a reading on a vehicle that was traveling over the posted speed limit of 25 mph in a school zone.”
Cravens, the Redskins’ second-round pick in 2016, called the incident “ridiculous” and accused the officer of passing up another car in front of him going faster. “Why is that?” Cravens said. “We all know why.”
Cravens said he couldn’t wait to put the video on Twitter and “sue the [expletive] out of this man.”
Cravens said it was the first time he was ever put in handcuffs. The safety said he was on his way to get bread from a grocery store when he was pulled over into an Ashburn shopping center.
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