Questions remain after MPD officer captured on video spinning doughnuts in parking lot

Questions remain after MPD officer captured on video spinning doughnuts in parking lot

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It has been several days since a Memphis police officer was

in the parking lot of Leawood Baptist Church.

After WMC Action News 5 first broke the story, many people have reached out on Facebook, asking us to identify the driver and what's being done to hold him or her accountable.

WMC's Kontji Anthony has confirmed that the police department has launched an investigation into the incident.

The incident occurred in the Leawood Baptist Church parking lot around midnight Monday morning. Someone at Macon Pointe Apartments at Homer Street and Macon Road shot video of a driver doing multiple donuts in what appears to be a Memphis police car.

Kontji checked the city's Personnel Policies and Procedures and learned doing donuts in a vehicle that residents paid for is against the rules. According to the Safe Driving Standards policy, employees using city vehicles are required to obey local and state traffic laws.

Doing donuts can fall under reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding, and driving too fast for the conditions.

A church leader says no damage was done to the parking lot so vandalism may be ruled out.

If the city's Safe Driving Standards are violated, it's addressed by a disciplinary action. Discipline can range from oral reprimand, to suspension and/or termination.

To date, police have not released the name of the driver. It is unclear if they've been able to identify who was in the car at that time and location.

In recent weeks, the mayor has said he's considering GPS and body cameras. WMC will keep you posted on any new developments.

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