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Hard-hitting news stories from around the world
tell the other side of high-speed police chases

indicates in-depth, investigative report on police chases

2008
Democrat and Chronicle.com
Police chases prompt policy scrutiny
October 23, 2008
Features comments by Candy Priano, executive director of PursuitSAFETY and Dr. Geoffrey Alpert, a criminal justice professor at the University of South Carolina and an advisory board member for PursuitSAFETY.

News reports from 2005 & 2006

Post-Gazette.com
Pressure on Pittsburgh police over chases
July 5, 2006

Anderson Cooper 360°
on
Kristie's Law
People from across the United States expressed their concern about public safety and police pursuits. When they learned more details about Kristie's death, some became angry. The reason is right here!
June 13, 2006

California Connected
Deadly Pursuit: Kristie's Law May 12, 2006

California Connected
Cut to the Chase
May 12, 2006

Kansas City Star, Missouri
Put an end to needless police chases
May 6, 2006

The work of the task force led to the adoption of a new policy in 2004 that Kansas City "officers will not initiate a vehicle pursuit unless they determine that there is a reasonable belief that the suspect presents a clear and present danger to the safety of others." This policy is backed by close supervision.

Daily News-Record, Virginia
Departments toughen rules for pursuit March 14, 2006

Ventura County Star
Police pursuits take toll on bystanders
December 18, 2005

CBS News
The Peril of the Chase
October 31, 2005
"I'll basically boil it down to, 'You can't shoot 'em, don't chase 'em,' " said Orlando Police Chief Michael McCoy.

Muskogee Phoenix Muskogee, OK
Many chases not worth the risk
October 30, 2005
Muskogee Phoenix: "Here's the thing I have to deal with," Priano said. "While a neurosurgeon was telling me my daughter was going to die, the fleeing teen was going home with her mother."

The Indianapolis Star
SPECIAL REPORT: DEADLY PURSUITS
May 22 and 23, 2005

Are police chases worth dying for?
(PART 1 OF 2)
U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., whose mother was killed when she crossed paths with a high-speed chase in 1986 in North Dakota, has called for a national policy. "It is the fault of the people who are fleeing law enforcement officials," Dorgan said during a Senate speech in 2003. "But we ought to have policies and training on high-speed pursuit to make sure pursuit is appropriate. In cases where we have minor infractions, in cases where there is no imminent danger, we ought not have chases at 60, 80 or 100 miles per hour, in which innocent people get killed."

The Star reviewed 50 pursuit policies from police departments in Indiana and elsewhere. Besides Baltimore, Orlando, Columbus, Ohio, and Memphis, police departments in Louisville, Ky., Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., and San Antonio are among those that don't allow chases of drivers who commit traffic offenses.

 

The Indianapolis Star
SPECIAL REPORT: DEADLY PURSUITS
May 22 and 23, 2005

Are police chases worth dying for?
Some cities slam brakes on chases
Several have banned pursuits for traffic violations
(PART 2 OF 2)
A year ago, Orlando, Fla., made its already restrictive police pursuit policy even more stringent by telling officers to stop, turn around and drive away to defuse a chase when a fleeing vehicle does not stop.

"We've had great results," said Orlando Police Capt. Paul Rooney, who helped revise his department's policy. "And no deaths," he added.

Most Orlando officers are happy about the policy because it helps protect officers as well as the public, Rooney said. "It's got to start from the top down. It's all education and training, and you've got to really explain it's for everyone. It's in everyone's best interest to do this," Rooney said.

Policies sometimes ignored. Even when a policy exists, police at times don't chase by their own rules.

Indianapolis Star
Analysis: The chilling reality of hot pursuits
May 24, 2005

Chico Enterprise-Record
Senators vote down 'Kristie's Law'

April 27, 2005

The senator made it clear he won't stop crusading to limit pursuits. Senator Sam Aanestad, an oral surgeon in private life, compared efforts to restrict police pursuits to Florence Nightingale's campaign in the 1800s to convince doctors they must wash their hands before doing surgery. She was laughed at, but she persisted, he told the committee. "I hope someday you'll listen."

theunion.com: Kristie's Law Gets New Look April 23, 2005

The Daily Journal
Bill to limit high-speed vehicle pursuits introduced March 23, 2005


Associated Press
Limiting chases brings benefits, some police say March 8, 2005

NBC11.com: Loved Ones Address Public After Police Pursuit Crash
March 2, 2005

Friends and family of the University of California, Berkeley graduate student who went into a coma after his car was hit during a police pursuit in Berkeley on Thursday will hold a news conference Wednesday. Jie Wang, 24, suffered major injuries after a 29-year-old man ran his 1996 Honda Civic into Wang's 1995 Ford Aspire at the intersection of Ashby and San Pablo avenues on Thursday. The driver of the Honda was allegedly fleeing the Albany Police Department after refusing to pull over for officers. Aside from telling Wang's story, the purpose of the news conference is to address the public safety issues raised by the accident. Jie Wang died March 10, 2005


News reports from 2003 & 2004

The Cincinnati Post: High-Speed Chases Are Risky Nov. 26, 2004
When police chases left two innocent bystanders dead during a recent four-day period in Hamilton County, the deaths brought renewed urgency to the long controversial question of when -- or even whether -- officers should engage in risky high-speed pursuits. In one of the fatal accidents, a teen-age driver who allegedly drove away from a gas station without paying for gas later struck and killed a 52-year-old pedestrian while being pursued by a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy in a chase that approached 90 mph.

Associated Press: End police immunity in high-speed pursuits, bill says April 20, 2004


Chico Enterprise Record:
Safety quest: Kristie's Law' gets first hearing today April 13, 2004
"Kristie is dead, just like many other crime victims, yet the police and local politicians did not surround our family with support," she said. "One local politician told us, 'Well, you sued the city.' We did not file our suit for six months. I think that was plenty of time for the police and local politicians to come to us and explain truthfully what happened and why."

USA Today: Police pressured to call off chase January 5, 2003
Across the nation, support is building among civil libertarians, law enforcement experts and many police officers to eliminate most chases — those that start when motorists flee over minor traffic infractions.


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