Newly-released physique digicam footage reveals a part of an April crash that totaled two Washington DC police automobiles after they have been allegedly drag racing.
The discharge of the footage this week comes amid an Workplace of the Lawyer Normal probe that might end in prices in opposition to the officers concerned within the race down a residential avenue.
Not less than one officer has been fired as a result of incident.
“Clearly these varieties of issues are unacceptable, they’re embarrassing,” Metropolitan Police Division Chief Robert Contee informed reporters at a Monday information convention, a Fox 5 DC video confirmed.
“It’s not one thing that we tolerate,” Contee added. “It’s definitely one thing that I don’t tolerate because the chief of the Metropolitan Police Division.”
There have been 4 cops concerned within the crash, two in every car, and the one who was terminated was a probationary worker, based on an announcement from the division accompanying the video.
The 2 automobiles have been stopped on Anacostia Avenue close to Kenilworth Park at about 5:15 p.m. earlier than they shortly sped away hitting speeds that Fox 5 DC reported hit at the least 60 mph.
The velocity restrict within the space is 25 mph, the report mentioned.
All 4 officers suffered minor accidents, the division mentioned.
The physique digicam footage is shot from the angle of a passenger in one of many autos. There’s no sound because the automobile zooms away, with the second car not seen within the video till simply earlier than the collision that prompts each the driving force and passenger facet airbags
The police division, in its message accompanying the video, mentioned the officer activated their digicam on the time of influence. It’s at that time that audio kicks in on the footage, with the passenger stepping out of the car, dazed.
“Oh s–t,” he’s heard saying.
Somebody asks if he’s OK, to which he responds “Yeah, I’m good.”
He drops the F-word earlier than turning to see the broken autos behind him on the finish of the footage which lasts lower than 4 minutes in whole.