Texas police come under the scanner for drag racing cop cars

But should they face excessive scrutiny because of racial discrimination elsewhere?

34w ago

As they say, the night is darkest before dawn. But sometimes, do we ourselves put on the curtains to stretch our time in the dark? At a time when communities are raging against police brutality and racial discrimination, a video of cops racing against each other went viral, only to get scrutinised by the higher authorities. I guess I summarised it vaguely. Let me start over.

As per local news station WFAA, last month, a couple of Sheriff's deputies took to the Yellow Belly Drag Strip in Grand Prairie, Texas to race against each other. Probably a jovial bet on whose dominion extends the farthest.

Opposed to the ongoing sentiments towards the police in the USA, the crowd at the drag strip seemed rather enthusiastic. One of the audience members went on to record both Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles at the start of the race, and it is this video, which has gone viral since.

It was only when the Sheriff's office came across this viral video is how the authorities got aware of this incident in the first place. Post that, a spokesperson from the office described the race as 'not authorised' by administrators. Furthermore, the office has claimed to launch an investigation in the issue as mentioned above.

However, apart from pipping the status quo by taking the patrol vehicles to race, do you see anything else wrong here? "In the eyes of the public, we saw it as a sign on positivity, based on [what] we have going on in this country," said one participant. "We don't think it'll be right if they got in trouble."

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The pair of deputies got further support by from the audience cheering from the sidelines as witnesses described the event as a bonding experience between law enforcement and members of the community. And I agree with them.

It's like two teachers going against each other in a classroom chalk fight. Wouldn't the students be ecstatic on seeing such a display? Moreover, this move to participate against each other and not as a single team gave out a much stronger message.

A win or lose situation against the public may have gotten comprehended as police taking another dig at the public or the coloured residents. But pitting themselves against each other gave out a message that the authorities are also a part of the community who likes to get involved and have fun.

While talking about fun, the cars involved in the incident were Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles, developed exclusively for the law enforcement authorities. Two engine options are on offer - a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that comes as standard or a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine which can be opted for. The former puts out 292hp and gets equipped with rear-wheel-drive while the latter gets 78 horses more and all-wheel-drive.

Which brings me back to my question, by criticising the actions of the deputy duo here, are we putting on the curtains here? If not for the ongoing racial discrimination cases, this would've just been a matter of going over the prescribed orders. But now, some may see it as an act of authoritarianism. How do you see this story?

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Comments (35)

  • Cops are still humans after all, it's fine to let off some steam.

      7 months ago
  • Holy cow i thought drag racing is legal, especially in a designated track.

      7 months ago
  • It was pretty cool, nothing bad happened. Their boss should just tell them not to do it again if it’s that big of an issue. No need to be fired or anything

      7 months ago
    • Totally agree with you, Thomas!

      There's literally no harm done

        7 months ago
    • I agree Thomas. As I see it the only thing wrong here is that the police officers did not have permission to race their work vehicles. Slap their wrists and tell them not to do it again without permission. Make them buy coffee for the whole dept....

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        7 months ago
  • I’ve seen this kind of thing many times. Most police are amazing and caring!! It’s just a select few that have made them look bad. When I was a kid my local police dept would play actual tackle football with us. And we didn’t go lightly on them either. But it was a great way for them to bond with the community. I visited New York City a couple times and the police were they were the nicest cops I ever met.

      7 months ago
  • I mean it was a great way to, as you say, 'bond' with the public. Maybe if they could have arranged it with authority just for safe keeping, wudve been perfect. Nice tho, not rlly worthy of punishment I think.

      7 months ago