A New Orleans police cruiser careened out of control after running a red light Saturday night, ramming a taxi cab and striking a pair of pedestrians, sending them flying six feet in the air, before barreling into a fence.
As of today, there has been no official statement from the New Orleans Police Department.
But there are photos from the incident, taken by a man who witnessed the incident, who was ordered by police to leave the area.
The man, who happened to be a lawyer, refused their orders.
According to the Times-Picayune:
Williams said a middle-aged man from New Orleans happened to be walking nearby when the accident occurred. The man snapped several photos from outside the car crash site, but a NOPD officer ordered him to stop and leave the area, Williams alleged. The man continued taking photos, advising cops he was a lawyer and knew his rights, according to Williams.
“The NOPD has a lot of questions to answer,” Williams said.
The NOPD has yet to respond to a request for comment sent late this morning. The department had not sent out any news releases on the incident, nor was it noted on any police logs.
The couple was released from the hospital about a day after the crash. Williams characterized their injuries as severe, but noted they had not broken any bones.
Police covering up for officers who drive recklessly is nothing new, especially in Florida where an investigation by the South Florida Sun Sentinel determined that speeding cops get special treatment.
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