Alabama motorcycle cop racer gets job back
UPDATE: Our NBC news partners WSFA in Montgomery, AL are reporting
The Montgomery Police Department is confirming that the motorcycle officer who was captured on video drag racing with a private citizen will get his job back.
WSFA 12 News first reported the story earlier this week after video of the race was posted on YouTube. The story has since gone viral with national reports from outlets such as CNN and NBC's Today Show.
It didn't take long before MPD officials found out about the YouTube video. The officer, now identified as Carlos Rogers, resigned from his position before he could be disciplined.
The person who challenged officer Rogers to the race, Lee Spillers, was not happy that the officer lost his job and started a petition to have him reinstated.
An Alabama cop is caught on camera breaking the law, the video has gone viral online and now it cost the officer his job.
The video recorder on a helmet camera shows a uniformed motorcycle officer... Accepting a challenge to drag race in broad daylight in the middle of one of the busiest streets in Montgomery.
"Wanna race, wanna race?"
"I got turbo on this one. Let's see."
Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy says he's embarrassed by this video.
"I'll pay attention to the light this time."
A clearly identifiable uniformed officer accepts the challenge of drag racing not once, but twice Sunday afternoon.
Chief Kevin Murphy, Montgomery Police Department, "And 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."
A race that Chief Murphy says cost him his job. The officer resigned before being terminated. Now he may face a charge.
"But there may be a traffic violation charge brought against this former officer for drag racing and the elements are there, one just has to look at the video and see for themselves."
But the guy who challenged the officer disagrees.
Lawrence Lee Spillers, Drag Racer, "Racing period no matter how fast you go is against the law. Did you know that? "yeah, I did. I did. So do you think an officer breaking the law, no matter what level it is, burglary, drag racing, do you think something is wrong with that? Honestly, I think the officer was just trying to have fun."
Lawrence Lee Spillers recorded the race on his Go-Pro HD cam attached to his helmet.
"We road down the boulevard. We took off from this light. We didn't go about 60 miles per hour. We got to the light down by Best Buy and we did it again."
This 5 minute race posted on Youtube has already gone viral.
"I don't think he should be charged with anything and I don't think he should have lost his job."
Chief Kevin Murphy, Montgomery Police Department, "The right thing when this guy pulled up and said 'hey you want to race? No young man I write tickets for that. I don't suggest you do it. That should have been the response not what we saw."