MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A Montgomery, Alabama police officer who resigned following a state racing incident was reinstated to his job. Earlier this month, Rogers was captured on video racing another driver.
"I don't want to make up any excuse for what I did. I'm so thankful for that the city of Montgomery Police Department is a place of a second chance or another chance," Rogers said.
Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said he received numerous calls and emails - both positive and negative - about his decision to reinstate Rogers. He said - while social media did not impact his decision - it did take the situation to a new level.
"In as much as what happened, but then how it came out, is part of this story and it's a powerful story because what can happen in Montgomery, Alabama can go viral and be on the other side of the planet in 10 minutes," Chief Murphy said. "We're going to continue to see social media having a greater impact on our culture and the fact remains that we have to cognizant of that as police officers."
The driver who recorded the video also started the petition to get the officer his job back.