DC Police say officers crashed after running marked patrol cars in northeast Washington
Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesperson for DC Police, said Internal Affairs was investigating the crash, which occurred in the evening along Anacostia Avenue NE, near Kenilworth Park and the Water Gardens .
The officers, all recently recruited from the 6th Police District, have been put on “non-contact status,” meaning they are not allowed to interact with the public during the investigation.
Sternbeck said it appears the officers “may have been racing which resulted in an accident.”
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (R) told a press conference on Monday that “if we had any officers engaging in this dangerous behavior, I would consider it a dereliction of duty, and they should be held accountable. . “
The mayor said the investigation must continue to determine any disciplinary action, but said officers appear to be putting people at risk “and this is unacceptable.”
On Monday, Bowser’s office released the crash report, which provides details.
The report said both cruisers were heading south and at high speed on Anacostia Avenue. The report states that the driver of one vehicle attempted to turn left in front of the other and caused the collision. The impact pushed a vehicle onto a sidewalk and into a fence.
The report also states that the four officers refused to make statements to investigators at the scene. The names of the officers were not made public.
Cmdr. Durriyyah Habeebullah, who heads the 6th Police District, sent an internal email to department officials telling the police: “Instead of fighting crime, patrolling their pace or engaging the community, they decided to race on Anacostia Avenue at 5 pm ”.
The email, obtained by Fox 5 and confirmed to be correct by Sternbeck, added: “What does this say to all members of [the department] who are passionate about their profession and work hard every day to make a difference. It’s not fair to any of us. “
Michael Brice-Saddler contributed to this report.