New bodycam footage shows the moment when a Washington DC police officer crashed his car after allegedly racing at nearly 50mph with another cop, practically double the speed limit in the residential area.
The incident took place at around 5:15 p.m. on April 22, for which the two drivers now have to pay for reckless driving.
Video released last week shows the passenger in one of the officer’s Ford cruisers on the day in question. They sit still before the officer in the driver’s seat raises his thumb and sets the car in motion.
The car starts to move forward and quickly picks up speed while the driver says something on the radio – the sound at that point is muted to viewers.
New bodycam footage shows the damage done by DC agents allegedly drag racing
The car crashes into at least one bump, and seconds later the car bumps again, that is when the crash occurs and the airbags in the car deploy.
The officer in the passenger seat groans a few times as he exits the vehicle, before someone asks off-camera if any of those involved are okay.
“S ***,” says the passenger, while someone asks if he’s okay. ‘Yes it’s going well. Oh, f ***, ”he responds as he slowly walks down the street and asks if the others involved are being monitored.
Meanwhile, the two police cars can be seen facing each other, with one solid on the sidewalk after the crash, which occurred when one vehicle is said to have cut off the other.
The bodycam footage comes from a passenger in one of the police cars
The car starts to accelerate quickly, before seemingly rocking and crashing
The impact of the crash was so strong that both front airbags were deployed
The passenger with the bodycam slowly got out of the vehicle after the crash
The prosecutor now accuses the two drivers of reckless driving and another police officer has been fired for the incident.
Humias Khan, 24, and Jerrita Millington, 33, have both been charged with reckless driving and each charged twice with aggravated reckless driving due to property damage and personal injury.
Khan and Millington sat in court on Monday and will have to return on June 22, according to the court WUSA9.
Four officers were injured in the crash and treated on the spot, while $ 21,718.66 in damage was done to the police cars.
No other injuries were reported to civilians.
One of the police officers who was a passenger was fired before May 3, although it is not clear if it was their bodycam footage – their name has not been disclosed.
The police cars can be seen opposite each other after the crash and show the damage
In total, more than $ 20,000 in damage was done to the police cars, although no civilians were injured
7 News reports that the fired officer was a probation officer.
It is unclear whether the fourth officer involved in the incident will be charged or fired in connection with the crash.
At the time of the agent’s dismissal on probation, Acting Police Chief Robert Contee said that the other agents were under investigation.
“ The other individuals involved are part of the internal affairs investigation that will go to the Office of the Attorney General for their judicial review to determine what the next steps will be – if there will be any charges arising from this investigation, ” said Contee at the time.
He also expressed disappointment with his agents at a press conference last week, said FOX 5 DC.
“Obviously, things like that are unacceptable, they’re embarrassing,” said Contee. ‘It’s not something we tolerate. It’s certainly something I wouldn’t tolerate as head of the Metropolitan Police Department. ‘
The person recording the footage saw himself walking backwards from the crash after it occurred
They eventually backed up to the other side of the street, clearly shaken by the crash
Police were initially believed to be driving at up to 60 mph, although a Crash Data Retrieval report shows the vehicles hitting high speeds of 48 to 49 mph prior to the attack, still nearly double the 25 mph speed limit.
“ The district’s streets, roads and avenues connect us to our families and friends, get us to and from work, and bring our community closer together – that’s why it’s imperative that my office enforce our road safety laws, ” Attorney General Said Karl Racine.
According to an affidavit, the drag race lasted two-tenths of a mile WDVM.
The affidavit said, “Both vehicles drove carelessly and carelessly south on Anacostia Avenue, accelerating to speeds that showed a deliberate disregard for the safety of both persons and property.”
Racine added, “When people threaten public safety and the residents of the district by driving recklessly on our roads, we hold them accountable.”
Racine isn’t alone in targeting the police, with 6D commander Durriyyah Habeebullah tearing up the officers immediately after the accident.
Sixth District Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah blew up officers involved in the crash in an internal email
‘Yesterday, two 6D scout cars were counted as agents decided instead of fighting crime, to patrol on their beats or engage the community – they decided to race each other at 5pm on Anacostia Avenue’, Habeebullah wrote in an internal email they received. through FOX 5 DC.
What does this say to all members of MPD who are passionate about their work and work hard every day to make a difference? This is not fair to any of us, ”the email continues.
Witness Jaylah Jennings told FOX 5 that she saw the two police cars driving ‘really fast’ just before they crashed.
She said the officers were ‘stupid’ and ‘irresponsible’.
‘This is our community, people walk there. It’s a small community, ”said Jennings.