Common sense should guide police officers to not do what they give citations for - such as drag racing - but common sense was nowhere to be found when an Alabama motorcycle cop accepted a challenge to drag race a motorcyclist. Twice. Unfortunately for the officer, the civilian rider, Lawrence Lee Spillers, recorded the whole thing on his helmet-mounted GoPro camera and posted the video to YouTube, which went viral and caused the officer to resign before he was fired.

Spillers says he knows that street racing is illegal but that the officer was just trying to have a good time, and that the illegal race shouldn't have cost him his job.

Watch the video below, and then chime in with your opinion on the situation in Comments.

UPDATE: The offending motorcycle officer, identified as Carlos Rogers, will get his job back, WSFA reports, after Police Chief Kevin Murphy had a change of heart and said Rogers deserved a second chance.


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      bike fan
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow..why did he post it online.. that civilian biker is a dumber. Now that officer is outta job. I am sure he was a honest working officer who is trying to protect his community and now this is just sad.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bike fan
        Agreed it was stupid of the civilian to post the video and I feel for the cop that got in trouble. The road was clear and they weren't speeding (excessively anyways, idk what the speed limit is there but the speed they were going didn't seem recklessly fast) I don't really see any harm done, just a cop interacting in a friendly manner to another rider. At least though the civilian went on camera to claim the cop shouldn't have been punished for it. Too little-too late and yeah he clearly didn't think about the repercussions for the cop, but the fact he's out there defending the cop is something. Think about it, how often do you see a civilian defending a cop that got in trouble?
      OnTheRocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not the worst behavior we've seen from a LEO. Had he been filmed tazering an old lady or shooting someones family dog he would have got a slap on the wrist and some paid leave.
      Tourian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morning news says he got his job back.
      Ridgie30
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree it should not cost anyone their job...I was very 'low level' street racing and didn't endanger anyone at any high level. The kid that recorded it now will feel bad about the cop losing his job and obviously the officer is greatly effected. A suspension of some note for the officer and traffic violations for both riders should be the end of it. Use it as training material for patrol officers and be done with it.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didnt appear to be reckless, they weren't doing any stupid moves, traffic was light. Last thing we need is a nice cop out of ajob. Fire the pricks that harrass people for no reason.
      Boost Retard
      • 1 Year Ago
      C'mon, a little fun with a top speed of about 60 on an empty street? They don't even pass anyone else. Coolest cop ever! Should he get a reprimand? Sure. Should they fire the guy? No. Especially considering what other cops seem to get away with on a daily basis in this country and get nothing more than paid administrative leave. On another note, that's the flashiest police Harley I've ever seen.
      Storm
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they raced to the speed limit?
      Scott Singer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cops are usually car guys & girls. If they see a person courteous but speeding they can let it slide. Runs a stop sign weave in & out of traffic or speed where accidents have occurred or citizens complain about speeders - you'll get a ticket. Certain times of the year or late at night due to drug driving higher chances of getting a ticket so a reconnaissance run is imperative at night. If your black or in New York City your probably screwed no matter.
      Chrysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is over-reaction in my opinion. Yes, he should have declined the offer to race but by no means do I think either one did. They didn't have an aggressive start (except on the first occasion when the rider wearing the camera tried to catch-up with the officer) and they show that they didn't even exceed the speed limit. The land of extremes... kids go to school carrying guns because they fear violence from others and what do you do, you put metal detectors at the entrance! A police officer shows a human face, doesn't break any traffic violation rule and what happens? He gets fired... hooray. Some things in the US just don't make sense to me
      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      so anytime someone accelerates faster than normal, its a drag race? not even close. he took off in first gear, shifted into second and easied off the gas. hardly a drag race. cmon america.
      Ryan H
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.wsfa.com/story/23970489/mpd-officer-caught-on-video-drag-racing-gets-his-job-back
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      1 question: Is it illegal, for any vehicle, to simply accelerate at a quick pace to the posted speed limit when the traffic conditions dictates its allowance?
        ze_german
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Agilis
        Yes, it can be considered reckless driving if you accelerate extremely quickly up to the posted speed limit. This is why you will be pulled over and cited for using the launch control in your car or motorcycle to each 35mph in a nanosecond. What traffic conditions "dictate" is highly subjective, and drivers often fail to correctly account for unforeseen risks. Because of this, police can and will pull you over for launching a car or motorcycle on a perfectly empty road. Regardless, neither motorcyclist seems to be going very fast in this video. I think the media and public hugely overreacted.
          stevefazek
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ze_german
          i agree here With that said it was light traffic conditions, dry roads and none of them spun tires and both appeared to be in total control of the vehicles. Id say in this case its perfectly legal.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ze_german
          Actually it is not reckless operation, it would be exhibition of speed IF they spun tires or weren't in complete control. You can accelerate as quickly as possible and as long as you don't spin, lose control at any point or exceed the speed limit you are within the law.
          engr00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ze_german
          Wrong!!!!!!!! I was pulled over for just that, quick acceleration. I wasnt speeding and it was thrown out. You can take off as fast as you want without screeching the tires and not ultimately going over the limit. Of course this depends what idiot judge you get in what state, county etc......
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