(KMOV) – It’s been more than a year since a driver fleeing Uplands police crashed into a car, killing LaShanna Snipes, a mother of four.
Prosecutors now say that the officers involved in the chase were not licensed police officers.
Lamont Aikens and Kenneth Minner were in an Uplands Park police car during the chase, and they are now charged with holding a commission of a police officer without a valid license.
Also, Henry Dellwood, who served as acting Uplands police chief at the time, is charged with giving both men jobs as police officers when he knew they didn’t have a valid license.
Snipes’ family has not released an official statement about the crash. However, the family’s attorney says the charges against the two men pretending to be officers only amount to a misdemeanor that is punishable to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Snipes’ family members are still pushing for stronger charges in the case, as well as answers from the Uplands Park police department.
A civil suit against the Uplands police department and Lamont Aikens could happen in the first part of 2011.