Appellate Court judges speak out for citizens' safety
Simply adopting the policy is sufficient under the current state of the law.
"But the law in its current state simply grants a 'get out of liability free card' to public entities that go through the formality of adopting such a policy. ... Unfortunately, the adoption of a policy which may never be implemented is
cold comfort to innocent bystanders who get in the way of a police pursuit. We do not know if the policy was followed in this instance, and that is precisely the point: We will never know ...
This opinion was published November 26, 2002, and Californians are still waiting for real changes in our state's outdated and dangerous pursuit practices.
Police-pursuit bill requires teeth
San Francisco Chronicle Open Forum. California's Senate Bill 719, at best, is an after-the-fact piece of legislation: after a child is killed, after a young father is facially disfigured for life from a fiery crash, after a mother and three teens are killed in a pursuit through a school zone at 3 p.m., or after a baby's arm is severed. These are real-life tragedies of police chases gone very badly awry in California. And yes, the families of these victims blame the people who flee for these tragedies. But just as true, Californians deserve a more preventive measure to ensure that our pursuit policies and practices will save lives.
Chase deaths are no trivial pursuit
California leads the nation in such tragic outcomes. Not coincidentally, California also has the most forgiving blanket immunity law in favor of police departments. California's law enforcement agencies are required to promulgate pursuit policies, but, remarkably, not to adhere to them. In essence, the police are not required to follow their own or, for that matter, any rules.
Kristie's Law would control cop chases
Latest bizarre pursuit shows need for changes in California pursuit policy, writes Robert L. Bastian Jr. The Los Angeles Police Department has no explanation for why, on the night of last March 31, a motorcycle officer continued a wild pursuit of a forgery suspect on motorcycle through Westside red lights onto Beverly Hills sidewalks.
Pursuing justice for 'lost crime victims'
Crime victims leave behind families who fear that their loved ones will be forgotten. For decades and even today, innocent people killed in police pursuits are considered "collateral damage." Families of pursuit victims don't even have a chance to fear that their loved ones will be forgotten because they quickly learn that their children, siblings, parents, grandparents are the "lost crime victims."
Kristie's Law essentially bans police pursuits
Re: The Star's April 14 editorial, "Police pursuit law is overdue": To pursue or not to pursue? That is the question. Police officers are expected to make critical decisions on a regular basis. One decision that occurs all too frequently is whether or not to initiate a vehicle pursuit.
Protect and Serve ... Always
An officer who realizes his job is to "protect and serve."
published: circa January 2004
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Inappropriate Chase in School Zone April 29, 2003
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A weak argument for police chases November 29, 2002