Drag racing on empty public streets in the middle of the night is bad enough. Running down a narrow residential street in the late afternoon isn’t just foolish, it’s terribly irresponsible and dangerously reckless. This is what makes this video so shocking, as the exceptional lack of judgment seen here comes from the people responsible for exposing the exact opposite. Fortunately, only minor injuries to those involved have been reported in this mess.
Here is the situation recounted by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in an April 30 video briefing. At approximately 5:15 p.m. local time on April 22, two police cars were pulled over at the 1400 block of Anacostia Avenue, a residential neighborhood. street on the northeast side of town. There were two officers in each car, and the video session continues by saying that the officers “engaged in a reckless driving incident” resulting in one car colliding with the other. All four officers sustained minor injuries, with WUSA claiming to have been treated at a local hospital. Both cruisers sustained heavy damage and were towed out of the scene.
The exact details leading up to the crash are not known. The bodycam images at the top of this article show the perspective of the passenger in the striking vehicle. At 1:57, we see the driver turning hard to the left as the driver’s side of the second cruiser comes into view through the windshield. Did the second car lose control? Was the driver making a left turn, unaware that the other cruiser was heading forward? WUSA states that one car has cut the other, with Fox5 news indicating that the cars were traveling at least 60 mph on the residential 25 mph street.
The official MPD briefing indicates that a probationary officer has already been dismissed as a result of the accident. The other three are without contact while the Attorney General’s Office reviews the case. He will then go to the MPD’s internal affairs for an investigation to determine whether the charges are justified. Fortunately, the damage was relegated to the two police cars and a private fence in the area.
It’s certainly no secret that relations between the public and law enforcement agencies are strained right now in the United States, to say the least. We hope cooler heads on all sides of this controversy prevail, but yes cops are drag racing in the neighborhoods they’re supposed to be protecting? This is not helpful at all.