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Body cam footage released of DC officers drag-racing

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Cliff Pinckard

cleveland.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A police officer has been fired after two patrol cars crashed into each other last month on a residential street, reportedly while drag-racing each other.

The Washington Post reports that three other officers remain under investigation in connection with the incident, which occurred on April 22. The officer who was fired was still in a probationary period, WUSA Channel 9 reports. The fired officer might still face criminal charges, the Post reports.

The police department released body-camera footage of the crash last week.

NBC 4 reports the two patrol cars, which had two officers in each, were stopped on a street at about 5:15 p.m. on April 22. A police report says the two patrol cars took off at a “high rate of speed” on the street, which has a speed limit of 25 mph.

NBC 4 reports that one of the vehicles tried to turn left in front of the other, causing the crash. Video shows airbags deploy in one of the patrol cars.

“Obviously those types of things are unacceptable, they’re embarrassing [and] it’s not something we tolerate,” acting DC Police Chief Robert Contee said, according to WUSA. “And it’s something that I don’t tolerate as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.”

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