Lawyer: Washington DC officers accused of drag racing and crashing not cited for actions – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
WASHINGTON, DC (WSVN) – Two police cruisers in Washington DC were left in total after police reportedly walked through neighborhood streets. All four officers involved had to be treated for injuries, but none have been cited for their actions.
Stunning footage captured the result of officers bumping into each other over a dangerous decision.
An internal email from a DC police commander said officers thought racing was a good idea and crash report reveals driver transformed on the way on the other, hitting a fence in the process.
The cars were traveling at around 60 mph, which was well over the speed limit of 25 mph.
Two criminal defense attorneys said it was strange the officers hadn’t even been charged yet.
“I think it’s surprising,” attorney David Benowitz said. “If they were non-police civilian officers, I can’t imagine a reason why the drivers would not have been cited.”
Under DC law, lawyers said what these officers did amounted to reckless driving and officers should be punished accordingly.
“Since the district commander has already issued a statement saying it was drag racing, I guess it came from more than witness statements, it was from the officers themselves,” said Benowitz. “Again, obviously I didn’t interview the officers, but if the officers admitted this, I think they admitted to leading to aggravated reckless driving.
Police said they did not believe the officers behind the wheel were weakened.
They also said that the four policemen had their police duties suspended.
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