Tampa, FL — A video uploaded to YouTube Saturday allegedly shows a Florida police officer in an unmarked car attempting a deadly maneuver to stop a motorcycle driver.
The YouTube poster names the officer as Sgt. Spencer Ross and claims he has a history of chasing motorcycles.
The video is taken by a man who is following the officer and recording.
As the man filming catches up to the unmarked Monte Carlo, the cop attempts to pin the motorcycle driver against the shoulder barrier.
The actions by this police officer are incredibly dangerous. Whatever the crime was that the driver of the motorcycle had committed most likely did not justify a move which could have killed him.
Shortly after almost killing a man, the officer turns off his lights and switches his priority to getting away from the man filming.
What do you think? Was this officer justified in attempting such a dangerous maneuver?
According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s policy, “Pursuit of motorcycles is restricted to forcible felonies.” That means that the officer must have suspected this biker to have committed one of the following:
Treason, murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, carjacking, home/invasion robbery, robbery, burglary, arson, kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated stalking, aircraft piracy, unlawful throwing/placing or discharging of a destructive device or bomb, and any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.
The video is certainly short, and any description as to why the officer was trying to crush the biker would be speculation. However, it certainly shows a dangerous move that is prohibited by Florida law. Also, seeing that the officer turned his lights off and halted the pursuit, implies that the biker had indeed not committed a forcible felony.
An investigation into this officer’s actions is certainly imperative.