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Police being investigated after alleged race to Tim Hortons filmed

Credits: LYLE ASPINALL/QMI AGENCY

RENATO GANDIA | QMI AGENCY

 

CALGARY -- The city's top cop says its hard to judge if the two officers videotaped appearing to be racing to a doughnut shop did anything wrong but the matter is now under investigation.

Chief Rick Hanson said he had one look at the video that surfaced on YouTube, showing two marked city cop cars and an unmarked vehicle at a red light.

When the traffic light turned green, the driver of one of the police cars accelerated to pull into a Tim Hortons.

"I've noticed that the speeds for two of the police vehicles, I don't think made it to 50 km/h," said Hanson.

He said investigators are looking closely at one of the police cars and its driver.

"I know that we're looking at what he was doing and what his intentions were at that point in time," he said.

Hanson said it's "hard to say if the officers did anything wrong" until the probe is done.

"The bottom line is we talk about safety all the time and when somebody films what may appear to be an impropriety, we are obligated to have a look at it."

Hanson said he doesn't think the one who filmed the video did anything wrong.

"It certainly appears that this is a video unit that was hooked into the vehicle, hard wired, hooked into some type of device to measure speeds. It was a sophisticated camera that did this because most in-car cameras don't have that level of sophistication to actually monitor the speed of the vehicle that you're filming."

Hanson said the Calgary Police Service holds its officers to a high level of accountability and they operate knowing there are cameras filming their every move.

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