Shaun King posted these two pictures of police cruisers with the Danville, Va. police department, accusing the cops of putting the hoods up to block the dashcams. His tweet has since gone viral with well over 56,000 retweets at the time of the publication of this post:
Police in Danville, Virginia are putting the hoods of their cars up when they pull people over to block the dash cameras from filming them. pic.twitter.com/oCwQglQTXg
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 26, 2016
Unfortunately for King and his anti-cop narrative, what he posted his bogus. But don’t take our word for it, read what Snopes has to say:
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 26, 2016
Snopes contacted the Danville Police Department for statement where they explained that they have to raise the hoods when the patrol cars idle for any length of time to prevent the engine from overheating (which makes perfect sense):
We contacted the Danville Police Department to ask whether the department had such a policy in place (i.e., allowing officers to obstruct dash cams) and inquire about the images circulating on social media, and the officer with whom we spoke was aware of the photographs and stated that no such policy in Danville permitted police to deliberately obstruct their vehicle dash cams. He also told us that the photographs were taken during the investigation of a civilian vehicle that had been “shot up,” adding that the investigation took place over the course of an afternoon as police spent several hours combing the area for evidence such as shell casings Since responding vehicles remained at the scene for several hours, he said, officers lifted their units’ hoods as a preventive measure to protect against overheating. (Weather records demonstrate daytime temperatures in Danville ranged from the mid-80s to the 90s during the week of 24 August 2016.)
In a separate e-mailed response, a representative from the Danville Police Department affirmed that circumstance and provided a more detailed explanation about why police vehicle overheating is a common issue:
“The amount of electronic equipment required in a Patrol vehicle causes a substantial amount of heat to build in the engine compartment. If you notice in the photos of the Police cars there are also cooling louvres on the hoods. This was the first attempt to stop the overheating issues which were disabling our vehicles and causing very expensive repairs. Our cars are in use 24 hours a day and the photo of the two patrol vehicles was on a day with temperatures nearing 100 degrees. The hoods aren’t opened unless the car is expected to idle with the emergency lights running for an extended period of time. The officers are equipped with Body Worn Cameras so there is a back up to an in-car camera that captures any citizen encounter far better than the in-car camera. There are video systems for inside and outside the car, an emergency light bar, Mobile Data Terminal, police Radio, printer and normal systems running off the heavy duty batteries in the cars. This generates a tremendous amount of heat which damages the engine electronics.
The accusations that this is being done for any nefarious purpose are completely false. We have had zero complaints from local citizens.
The problems are well known to Chevrolet. May I suggest contacting Chevrolet directly and demanding a remedy and retrofitting of the correction at their expense.”
It’s time for Shaun King to apologize.