Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek shows you DC police vehicles getting busted, sort of, by their own red light cameras. A WUSA9 open records investigation identified case-after-case of cruisers, without emergency flashing lights, where the police department gets officers who ran red lights off the hook.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officials say the agency adheres to city policy allowing officers, in “an emergency,” to proceed past red lights as long as it sounds a signal by “bell, siren, or exhaust whistle.”
The red light videos were provided to WUSA9 without sound.
MPD acknowledges, a second, tighter policy issued by the police chief in 2004 saying it hasn’t been changed, requiring drivers to “open both front windows” and to “stop before entering the intersection when facing a red signal,” all “with emergency warning devices activated.”