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Video released of DC cops allegedly drag racing, crashing

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Newly-released body camera footage shows part of an April crash that totaled two Washington DC police cars after they were allegedly drag racing.

The release of the footage this week comes amid an Office of the Attorney General probe that could result in charges against the officers involved in the race down a residential street.

At least one officer has been fired due to the incident.

“Obviously those types of things are unacceptable, they’re embarrassing,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee told reporters at a Monday news conference, a Fox 5 DC video showed.

“It’s not something that we tolerate,” Contee added. “It’s certainly something that I do not tolerate as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.”

There were four cops involved in the crash, two in each vehicle, and the one who was terminated was a probationary employee, according to an announcement from the department accompanying the video.

The aftermath of a drag race between Washington DC police officers.
The aftermath of a drag race between Washington DC police officers.

The two cars were stopped on Anacostia Avenue near Kenilworth Park at about 5:15 p.m. before they quickly sped away hitting speeds that Fox 5 DC reported hit at least 60 mph.

The speed limit in the area is 25 mph, the report said.

All four officers suffered minor injuries, the department said.

The body camera footage is shot from the perspective of a passenger in one of the vehicles. There’s no sound as the car zooms away, with the second vehicle not visible in the video until just before the collision that activates both the driver and passenger side airbags

The airbags deployed in one of the police cars after the crash.
The airbags deployed in one of the police cars after the crash.

The police department, in its message accompanying the video, said the officer activated their camera at the time of impact. It is at that point that audio kicks in on the footage, with the passenger stepping out of the vehicle, dazed.

“Oh s–t,” he is heard saying.

Someone asks if he is OK, to which he responds “Yeah, I’m good.”

He drops the F-word before turning to see the damaged vehicles behind him at the end of the footage which lasts less than four minutes in total.

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