In DC, Gung-Ho Cop Finds Boss in Sights of Radar Gun


Wendell Cunningham worried about cars hitting children or elderly residents in his Southeast Washington neighborhood, so the D.C. police officer decided to hit the streets with a radar gun — on his own time. He ticketed away for nearly two years, and then on April 19 his off-duty work led him straight back to the office — in pursuit of a top commander, reports the Washington Post.

Cunningham was standing on a busy street at 6:30 a.m. when his radar gun recorded a car doing 46 mph in a 25-mph zone. He motioned for the driver to pull over. Instead, the Ford Crown Victoria passed, flashing emergency lights and sounding a siren. Cunningham recognized the driver as Assistant Police Chief Willie Dandridge. Cunningham followed Dandridge to his nearby office, where Dandridge refused to turn over his identification. Cunningham reported the incident to internal affairs. Four months later, the incident has resulted in a 15-page internal report, and Dandridge faces discipline.


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