Should they be punished?
A positive relationship between communities and law enforcement is more important than ever these days. They should remain professional but also friendly, but can community outreach be taken too far to the point where it's inappropriate? That's the question the Dallas County Sheriff's office is currently asking itself.
According to local news station WFAA, a pair of sheriff's deputies took part last month in a drag race by competing against one another at the Yellow Belly Drag Strip in Grand Prairie, Texas. A video taken at the scene, which has since gone viral, clearly shows the Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars at the starting line as the crowd is cheering them on.
There doesn't appear to be anything dangerous going on as spectators were safely sitting in the stands at both sides of the drag strip. However, the Sheriff's office made clear the race was not sanctioned by administrators and only found out about the race after the video was posted online. At the same time, the deputies are receiving support from those who were in attendance. They're claiming the race was an excellent example of a bonding experience between law enforcement and the public.
"In the eyes of the public, we saw it as a sign on positivity, based on [what] we have going on in this country," said one community member. "We don't think it'll be right if they got in trouble."
Be that as it may, it'll be up to the Sheriff's office on whether or not to discipline the deputies. We can easily see this case from both sides, but it perhaps would have been wiser for the deputies to request permission to race before actually doing so.
After all, both Chargers can pack up to 370 horsepower if they're powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The Pentastar V6, with a more humble 292 hp, is the Charger Pursuit's base engine and based on their rather lackluster speed on the strip, the V6 is what's more likely under their hoods.