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A U.S. Capitol Police officer was indicted on federal civil rights costs after he was concerned in an unauthorized high-speed chase, crashed into a bike after which tried to cowl it up, prosecutors stated Friday.
The officer, Thomas Smith, was alleged to be checking on the houses of members of Congress in Georgetown round 11:30 p.m. on June 20, 2020, when he began pursuing two bikes. Prosecutors say Smith “adopted intently behind these automobiles at a excessive charge of velocity” earlier than he swerved his marked patrol automotive into one of the bikes, sending the motive force flying into the air.
U.S. Capitol Police coverage prohibits officers from pursuits exterior the grounds of the Capitol with out permission from a supervisor. Smith didn’t search any approval and didn’t alert dispatchers that he was concerned in a chase, prosecutors say.
Authorities allege Smith drove across the man, leaving the sufferer mendacity within the roadway, and fled from the scene. Prosecutors say Smith “knowingly drove away from the scene of the crash with out rendering assist, alerting medical authorities, and taking another affordable steps to acquire assist for the sufferer.”
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He then drove again to a Capitol Police storage, parked the broken police sedan, falsified a report back to say he had began his shift later after which went inside and received keys for an additional car, prosecutors stated.
The Metropolitan Police Department later contacted Capitol Police concerning the crash. Smith is accused of later mendacity to a Capitol Police sergeant and claiming to don’t have any information of the crash, based on prosecutors. He advised the supervisor that he had “been assigned to and had been driving the USCP SUV all through his whole shift,” an indictment in opposition to him says.
Smith, 44, was charged with violating the sufferer’s civil rights and obstructing justice. He is anticipated to be arraigned in federal court docket within the subsequent week, prosecutors stated. It was not instantly clear whether or not he had an lawyer who might remark on the allegations.
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Capitol Police officers stated Smith was suspended instantly after the crash. Officials stated he remained suspended with out pay pending the result of the prison case and an inner investigation.
“The public’s belief is essential for any legislation enforcement company and integrity is a very powerful high quality for any legislation enforcement officer,” Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger stated.