Just because they are policemen does not mean that they are above the law. If the policeman in question had no reason for driving so recklessly then he should be prosecuted. Policemen cannot be immune to the law of the land, the law is for everyone, not just for normal citizens.
The Southfield police officer had twice rammed the stalled car with a grandmother and her three grandchildren inside to get it off a busy road.The officer left the scene and destroyed dash-cam video as well. Had he been an ordinary citizen, he would have been arrested immediately. I agree with the court decision.
On the face of it, this seems like an excellent decision for the appeals court to have made. What could possibly wrong with allowing a lawsuit against a police department that rammed a car with a grandmother and children in it? The counter argument, of course, is that the police are doing their best at a difficult job. An accident like this might have been out of the officer's hands as he was going about his duty. Should we sue officers when something occurs while doing their duty that they might not have been able to avoid? However, there are always details in cases such as these that would prove or disprove the officer's liability - and ability to avoid such an accident. These details are reviewed by appeals courts such as this, and know doubt decided, based on this additional information, that allowing a suit to proceed is justified.
Regardless of whether it was a police officer or not, he is a citizen of this country and should be punished accordingly. Police are way too often covered under the favoritism umbrella of the government when they do something bad. This needs to stop in this country if the people is to trust the authorities again.