Virginia Police Refuse to Release Traffic Stop of Redskins Player Being Called a Drug Dealer

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Newly signed Washington Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. speaks during the NFL football team’s news conference in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police won’t release video of a traffic stop involving a Washington Redskins wide receiver who said a state trooper asked if he was a gang member or drug dealer.

Paul Richardson Jr.’s tweets about the questions he was asked during a Tuesday traffic stop prompted an internal review by state police.

Richardson just signed a $40 million five-year contract with the Redskins and was driving a new Mercedes when pulled over. He is African-American.

The department said Friday that it was declining a public records request by The Associated Press for video taken from the trooper’s in-car camera. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the department has the discretion to release the video under state law but has chosen not to.

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