‘Yeah, I’m Great, Bro’: Cops Crash Cruisers While Drag Racing Another in Washington, D.C. Neighborhood (WATCH)
At about 5:15 pm, at the 1400 block of Anacostia Avenue NE, officers drag raced down another down the street and shattered their squad cars. They also took a neighbor’s fence in the process.
Local Fox affiliate WTTG-TV acquired an internal authorities email which described some of what occurred (ellipses in original):
Yesterday two 6D scout cars were totaled because officers chose rather than fighting crime, patrolling their beats, or engaging the neighborhood – they chose to drag race each other on Anacostia Avenue at 5 pm in the day. This is the same area where over the previous week, I’ve experienced a homicide and two people shot as a result of neighborhood battle. What exactly does this say to each one of the members of the MPD who are enthusiastic about their work and work hard daily to create a difference. This is not fair to some of us… but as I’m talking to Chief Contee about this incident he informs me that a citizen witnessed a white van taking officers to the scene of the shooting on 37th Place last night traveling at 90 mph to get to the scene.
What good are officers for their fellow officers if they don’t arrive safely or they total vehicles that we will need to perform our job…
I’m holding each of you responsible for having comprehensive discussion about driving and speeding reckless in Department owned vehicles. These are not our cars and we’re all responsible for driving with neglect but above all, we’re all impacted by the actions of each other. Ensure you are engaging with the officers regarding their pace and the liability of this job.
The message was reportedly sent by 6th District Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah.
WTTG reported that four officers were included. Neighbors sent the station video of the aftermath.
A screengrab in WTTG-TV shows the aftermath of the crash.
The police department published an”unlisted” video on YouTube which reveals the crash. Although the video was published April 30, it wasn’t broadly disseminated until Tuesday.
Several images which proceed the video explain it what happened as a”reckless driving incident” which resulted in”major damage” but merely”minor injuries.” They say that an attorney general’s review of the situation is going to be followed by another internal affairs review. 1 probationary police department worker has already been terminated. The remaining officers involved are believed to be in a”non-contact status” with the general public.
“Officers found to have engaged in misconduct will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination,” the images continue.
An officer at the driver’s seat moves through a cell phone, then reveals something on the telephone’s display to the officer at the passenger seat.
The video is hushed; the contents of the phone’s display and images in the squad car’s rear-facing mirrors were fuzzy before discharge.
The driver shows the phone yet again to the passenger; the passenger subsequently seems to take out their cell phone.
At 2:53 into the video, the car begins to move forward. It accelerates fast as the driver seems to grab the mic to a police radio.
At 3:16, the automobile T-bones another group car. This screen capture shows the split moment of the impact:
Airbags deploy. The windshield is shattered. The sound comes on.
The officer wearing the camera leaves the automobile and twists around a few times to survey the damage while walking across the street.
“Ooh! Oh, shit!” Says a man officer. “Yeah, I’m good. Oh, fuck. Ooh! Yeah, I’m great, bro! I’m good! Assess, bro! Assess up! Oh! Oh!”
The video ends.
An NPR report stated the cars attained 60 miles per hour.
NPR also noted that the apparent cause of the absence of audio through the majority of the recording. Washington, D.C. authorities body cameras are, in nature, always capturing video at an inner memory bank. But, they don’t begin capturing audio until they are triggered. At the point of stimulation, the camera saves the previous two moments of video — although not the sound — that happened before activation.
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