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On February 20, 2001, a Stockton Unified School District police officer tried to pull over an 18-year-old male driving a Dodge truck near Franklin High School, for a purported minor traffic infraction. Followed by the officer, the driver raced away.  Despite the fact that school had just let out and there was heavy pedestrian and motor traffic, the officer continued to follow the driver at a high rate of speed.

The chase ended shortly thereafter when the suspect ran a stop sign and struck a car ... and ended FOUR lives, all occupants in the car:  Bernice Martinez and her two daughters, Christina, 16, and Ashley, 14, and Desiree Guzman, 14, who was getting a ride home.  It was later learned that the suspect was driving a stolen truck.  He is currently serving prison time for four counts of second-degree murder.

A wrongful death lawsuit against the Stockton Unified School District was filed.  As in the Priano lawsuit against the City of Chico, the judge threw out the Guzman case citing "immunity," so the Guzmans, and other innocent victims of pursuit in California, will never know if officers followed their pursuit policy.  This is why California needs Kristie's Law. Victims of pursuit in California have lost their right to know whether or not the officers actually followed their pursuit policy, a key element to trust.



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