Monday, October 29, 2007

Update: Motorcycylist Sought in Beltway Disaster...

In late May, I appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. The inquiry stemmed from an accident in the Washington D.C. area where 2 were killed and 15 injured.

According to reports, a motorcycle was traveling upwards of 120 mph when Officer Scott Campbell began to pursue. Only moments later, during rush hour traffic, the police cruiser collided with a SUV, setting off a chain-reaction that killed two and injured 15. According to accounts of more than 20 witnesses, the police interview, a videotape of the chase, and other evidence, Officer Campbell could be fired and even face criminal prosecution. Sources say Campbell initiated the pursuit without radioing to dispatchers, which is required by policy. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The Prince George's police department pursuit policy only allows pursuits if there is probable cause to believe that the suspect was involved in the use or threat of physical force or was involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in death or serious injury. "The policy says that an officer's primary concern should be the prevention of life, not capturing or identifying a suspect."

Until recently, the driver of the motorcycle remained unknown. However, his passenger recently came forward and identified the driver. Police are investigating. Although his identity might be known, the driver is still at large.


Transcript of MSNBC interview: HERE

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you realize that under Prince George's pursuit police that if the suspect punches someone, jumps in their car and takes off as the police arrive that the police are allowed to pursue the suspect? Or heck, if the suspect swings and misses then jumps into his car and takes off that police can pursue? Not that great of a policy. Again the purchasing of better equipment to assist officers in their pursuit is the prudent approach rather then written words.