The case regarding a Detroit police chase that killed two children has taken a turn, after it was discovered the officers’ dash camera was not working at the time of the deadly incident, USA Today reports.
Michaelangelo Jackson, 6, and his younger sister, Makiah Jackson, 3, were killed when three police officers riding in a squad car began chasing 29-year-old parolee Lorenzo Harris (who was thought to have gun) in a Chevy Camaro. While driving through the city’s East Side, the Chevy Camaro allegedly clipped police, causing the squad car to fly into the air and hit the children.
Harris is the only party involved facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder.
The squad car’s dash cam was not operating during the chase, Detroit Police Chief James Craig informed reporters during a news conference on Monday.
“The dash cam was not operational,” Craig said. “It was an older marked scout car that a special operations unit was using.”
It isn’t known if policies of vehicular pursuit were violated, but departmental policies claim that all in-car videos should be used in pursuits. June West, spokeswoman for the department, says the investigation is still ongoing.
“As such, we aren’t able to speak to whether policy was violated at this point in time,” she said.
Three other children were injured in the near two-minute chase. Witnesses claim the police were driving too fast in the residential neighborhood.
A Go FundMe was created to raise money for the children’s family. Over $18,000 was raised in six days to help with funeral expenses.
A funeral for the two children will take place Thursday.
SOURCE: USA TODAY | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN