Above the law?
For sure, police drivers and motorcyclists are given extensive training on how to ride at high speed. But that dosen't make them any less likely to have a collision. If this was such an unsafe thing to be doing, it should and could have been stopped earlier. But as someone pointed out earlier, its less about preventing unsafe situations and more about ensuring a conviction.
An interesting little story. Many years ago while racing at Snetterton with New Era, a team of riders from the local police force turned up to the meeting to take part. Now, one of the things I have always loved about motorcycling is the whole fraternity bit. You know what I mean. I could walk around that paddock (and often did) and go up to any body and strike up a conversation about bikes, or whatever, and be treated as a friend.
Not these boys though. They made it very clear that they wanted nothing to do with the motorcyling riff raff. They were there to show us how to ride a motorbike properly with their superior training and skills. They were there to teach us poor stupid bikers how it was done. They literally stood in a huddle in the middle of the paddock, about a half dozen of them, sneering at everybody. A few people even tried to offer help and advice, but were turned away.
So it was with much joy that I found out at the end of the first 600 race that these idiots had come in very much at the back, and far from giving anybody a lesson in high speed riding, had been recieving a lesson of their own from us poor stupid bikers. They really didn't have a clue. So much humble pie was eaten............it was great :-)