An Australian man has been sent to prison for filming four dead and dying police officers who were hit by a truck on a freeway after they stopped him for speeding.
According to Toofab, Richard Pusey, a 42-year-old mortgage broker, driving his Porsche at 93 miles per hour on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway in April last year, exceeding the 62 mph speed limit.
However, when the officers were considering whether to impound Pusey’s car when a truck crashed into them, the Porsche and two police cars in an emergency lane.
Pusey, who was urinating into a nearby bush at the time, did not help but instead started filming the scene.
“That is f—ing justice, absolutely amazing,” he commented, filming the officers as they lay dying. Quoting from Toofab.
Describing the scene of the crash as “beautiful”, he focused on one officer and commented, “he’s smashed.”
“I think everyone got cleaned up,” Pusey said. “I guess I’ll be getting a … Uber home, huh.”
When one of five bystanders who came to the aid of the injured officers asked Pusey to help, he replied: “They’re dead,” and continued filming, Los Angeles Times reported.
He was arrested the following day, and initially charged with speeding, drug possession, and reckless conduct offenses. But then investigators discovered the videos — and that he had shared them with friends.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Wraight stressed that Pusey did not cause the deaths of the four police officers, but that what he did was “extremely insensitive and heartless.”
“Your conduct,” Judge Wraight said to Mr. Pusey in court, was “heartless, cruel and disgraceful.”
The judge noted that Mr. Pusey had a personality disorder, which might go some way to explaining his behavior, but he said the case outraged public decency.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison. However, since he has been in custody for almost 300 days already, the sentence is nearly complete.
Earlier this month, VIctoria’s Supreme Court sentenced Mohinder Singh, The truck driver responsible for the collision to 22 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of the officers.