A police officer in Montgomery Alabama has been fired, or rather has resigned, after a YouTube video surfaced in which he was seen, on his police bike, engaging in a friendly red light quick race with a civilian motorcyclist.
Montgomery resident Lawrence Lee Spillers recorded the video Sunday with a Go Pro camera attached to his motorcycle helmet. “Honestly I think the cop was just trying to have a good time. Spillers said it wasn’t much of a race. “We didn’t even go above 60 mph.”
The Police chief saw it differently. “For the very thing that we are out here enforcing the law, for an officer to cross that line and violate it, there’s no excuse. I will not tolerate it, and he is no longer wearing the badge,”
Watch the video and give us your thoughts. Should he have been fired, or just disciplined?
*Update: Officer Carlos Rogers was reinstated by Chief Kevin Murphy after reviewing the evidence and talking with Rogers. Murphy said the city attorney and municipal prosecutor reviewed the video and said they would not pursue the case because there wasn’t enough evidence. After speaking with Rogers and hearing “from his heart the conciliatory regret” he had, Murphy decided to reinstate him. “He cared so much and felt so bad he hurt us that he decided to step down,” Murphy said. “A man like that, in my book, deserves a second chance. Rogers said during the incident, he was trying to show kinsmanship with a fellow biker and show police officers can be nice and friendly, not always aggressive or combative. But Rogers said he also is viewed as a professional and needs to behave more professionally.