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Body cam video raises more questions about police-involved crash that killed 2 teens

A Graymoor Devondale officer’s bodycam recorded the moments after the July 16 crash. A Graymoor Devondale officer’s bodycam recorded the moments after the July 16 crash.
Isaiah Basham, 18, and his girlfriend, Lexi Gray, 16. (Source: Billy Houston Isaiah Basham, 18, and his girlfriend, Lexi Gray, 16. (Source: Billy Houston

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Body camera video showing the aftermath of a crash that killed two teenagers has raised more questions about what happened in the moments before the crash.

A Graymoor Devondale officer's body cam recorded the moments after the July 16 crash on Herr Lane the killed Isaiah Basham, 18, and Lexi Gray, 16.

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A Louisville Metro Police Department cruiser was behind Basham's vehicle at the time. Police have maintained the officers involved first spotted the car being driven erratically more than a mile from the crash scene near Ballard High School. They said the officers followed but it was not a pursuit.

Members of Basham's family have stated they believe officers were involved in a pursuit with him right before the crash.

LMPD has declined to release their officer's body cam or dash cam video. There is now an active Public Integrity Unit investigation to find out what really happened.

The morning after the crash, then LMPD Sgt. Phil Russell told reporters his officers were not in pursuit of the car when it crashed.

Since then they have not commented further, something that is frustrating the family's attorneys.

"They ran a sign and I tried to stop them," an LMPD officer states in the body cam video captured by the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department. She is crying and upset moments after trying to save two people who were still alive inside a burning car.

"Man, she was struggling, they were pulling," the officer wearing the body camera said of the officer's rescue efforts. "They were way too close for too long."

In the video, one of the officers says the car ran a red light. That's when police tried to stop them. 

"They were going at least 1, 110, easy. Because we were going about 70 and they were running away from us," an officer says.

Grey's family attorneys believe LMPD was chasing them.

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"This was simply a situation where they attempted to pull over Isiah for running a red light, he fled and they engaged in pursuit," Hans G. Poppe told WAVE 3 News.

Basham's sister was driving behind them when the crash happened.

"They just took off chasing them right before us, I don't why," she is heard saying in the video.

Sgt. John Bradley, the commander of LMPD's Public Information Office, would not comment specifically on this case, but explained LMPD policy prohibits officers from engaging in a pursuit unless they have reasonable belief that a violent felony has been committed, or the suspect has a warrant for a violent felony.

"Sometimes an officer will get behind a motorist and turn on their lights and or sirens in an effort to pull these people over for whatever reason they are pulling them over for," Bradley said. "That in itself is not considered a pursuit."

Bradley also explained lights and sirens have be on continuously throughout a pursuit.

"I think there are a lot of things in police work that the public can see and maybe it's not so readily apparent to them what may or may not be a pursuit," he said.

LMPD will determine whether or not this was a pursuit during the open Public Integrity Unit investigation.

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