With the exception of an emergency call, most of the time, police officers are expected to obey the same traffic laws that everyone else must obey. While they may have more training, specifically in defensive driving, even police officers make mistakes. They sometimes fail to stop at a stop sign or blow through a red light. Usually, they can just go about their business, but dash and body cams are now showing when police themselves break traffic laws. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to the loss of life, as CBS 46 reports.
At about 4:15 p.m., at the intersection of Washington Place and Newcastle Street in southwest Atlanta, a police officer ran a stop sign and struck a motorist driving a moped.
Officer Ryan Chandler, 24, was not using emergency signals like his lights or siren when he ran the stop sign. After running the stop sign, Chandler hit 59-year-old Marvin King.
King was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.
A neighbor heard the crash and ran outside to see what had happened. The witness, who asked not to be identified, stated that the officer did run over and performed CPR on King.
King lived only a couple of miles from where the accident took place.
A longtime resident, Lewis Harris, said that his daughters grew up with King and that King had recently moved back to help care for his elderly parents.
The Atlanta Police Department has passed the investigation into the accident to the Georgia State Patrol.
Chandler, who has been with the department for two years, has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.
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