Final month, a curious information story bubbled up out of Washington D.C. by means of the city’s local Fox news station: Two D.C. police automobiles had crashed into each other, allegedly after having raced one another down a metropolis road. Because of one of many physique cameras of the officers concerned in these shenanigans, we now have a (barely odd) view of what went down.
A fast recap on physique cameras: They activate when one thing occurs (or when manually turned on). On this case, that triggering one thing was the 2 Ford Police Interceptors crashing into each other. Factor is, the cameras additionally report the prior two minutes, albeit with out sound, earlier than activation, which is the place the footage under comes from. In it, we get the point-of-view of the officer within the front-passenger seat (not the motive force) of one of many concerned police automobiles. As such, the view of the lens comes from about chest top and aimed considerably skyward via the windshield.
Cautious along with your pc or telephone quantity, as a result of the audio kicks on abruptly instantly following the affect, at which level we see the officer stumble out of the automobile and sprinkle some profanity in a combination of shock and, most likely, “oh poop!” concern.
The clip was launched by the D.C. police, so bounce to the 1:20 mark to skip the town’s verbal and visible recap of the state of affairs and see the in-car view of the incident. Once more, as a result of the physique digital camera seems to be someplace on the officer’s torso, the view is awkward, and we solely see the opposite police automobile enter the body on the very finish, because it seems to show left in entrance of the police automobile our camera-wearing officer is seated in. The motive force inexplicably drives straight into the opposite automobile’s left facet, turning it round and operating each sedans off the highway and into somebody’s entrance yard.
It appears everybody concerned on this lapse in judgment is being investigated, with punishment forthcoming, as much as and together with individuals dropping their jobs. Subsequent to misusing police gear, and that is placing issues mildly, the cops are mentioned to have torn down a floor road in extra of 60 mph, placing everybody close by in peril (on the finish of the clip, we will even see two of us strolling their canine reverse the stumbling officer, assuredly dumbstruck by the crash they only witnessed). So, whereas it is amusing to see police idiocy rivaling that of the 1984 film Police Academy, there is not any ignoring the actual fact these officers put individuals in actual hazard whereas giving the world one more lesson in why road racing is a horrible, terrible, very dangerous thought.