What you see in this video is pretty straightforward. The police car breaks a number of traffic rules: driving on red light, turning without switching on the turn signal and the left brake light is broken.
The citizen who made this video, sent the footage to the St. Petersburg department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (which in Russia is in charge of police) for further investigation.
But he never could imagine what “super-creative” reply he would receive. Here is the scan of the letter (the translation is below).
Reply from the Ministry of Internal Affiars
Dear Igor Gennadyevich!
Hereby let me inform you that the report from 14.05.2012, No. B-58, sent to Saint Petersburg department of MVD has been investigated. The circumstances you outlined couldn’t be objectively confirmed.
After studying the video record, it was found that the used video registrator had the effect of “30-th frame”, which compromised the transmission of colors. Unsatisfactory output of the registrator’s processor created the problems with correct display of red, green and other colors. Due to this reason, the given video record cannot objectively reflect the events described in your report.
There haven’t been any violations of discipline or law disobedience in the actions of traffic police.
This decision can be appealed by you in accordance with the appropriate legal procedures.
Vice Director of the St. Petersburg Department of MVD of Admiraltejskiy District, Basov Sh. A.
Comments of Russian netizens
And here are the comments of Russian netizens (left to the video and this blog post).
paratozor: Yeah, the video registrator was moving back from the traffic light with such speed that green color turned into red. Actually, the man who filmed it can be incriminated with two charges – reverse driving on highway and reverse speeding.
j_o_c_k: Apparently, the “30th frame” distorts not only colors but also the location of lights. That is, when it seems that one “light” is on, actually there is some offset and it is a different light.
ashap_spb: And did everyone notice that the car of ments had “green” stop signals?
zeezv: This isn’t even funny. They are absolutely insane.
dims12: In my opinion, each year their excuses become dumber and dumber. And it doesn’t show the stupidity, this is arrogance and contempt – that is, we can write anything we want, and you will swallow it.
kaa001: And we thought that there work only idiots. Actually, they think that idiots are we!
lobeton: I always knew about it, and also that the lights in refrigerator are switched on by some dwarf.
bormeo: By the way, if you film a cop on video – you will notice a halo around his head. Don’t believe me? Try and you will see!
mariya_yashina (replying to the previous comment): Much worse would be if cops at all wouldn’t be reflected in the footage.