Washington Post: Facts, Please June 16, 2007
Chico News & Review: Give the cops some space September 9, 2004 (See Rebuttal and Oct. 1, 2004, letter to editor below)
Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago taps brakes on cop car chases May 29, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle: Slow the cop chases March 11, 2004
pursuitwatch.org: Time for a Change November 15, 2003
driveandstayalive.com: Number of Police Pursuits Drop Dramatically in Los Angeles August 20, 2003
New LAPD policy review: Injuries to third parties, 18 in 2002, compared to 4 in 2003, have decreased by 78%. 4 LAPD officers were injured in 2003 compared to 6 in 2002: a 33% decrease.
Nationwide law enforcement departments are adopting restrictive pursuit policies. Read more.
A question for syndicated columnist, Thomas Sowell:
How many deaths before it's not okay?
"Some innocent driver or pedestrian," writes Thomas Sowell in a September column that promotes police chases at any and all cost.
I, Candy Priano, regularly read Sowell's column, and I don't recall him describing other crime victims the way he describes the crime victims listed on this Web site. Sowell wants us to believe he cares about the innocent people who sacrifice their lives in police chases, but he doesn't show it. Read my rebuttal on behalf of Voices Insisting on PursuitSAFETY (VIPS), right here.
My response to Thomas Sowell is posted on The Conservative Voice, right here, where others are posting their opinions.
Appellate Court judges speak out for citizens' safety
Police-pursuit bill requires teeth
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This opinion was published November 26, 2002, and Californians are still waiting for real changes in our state's outdated and dangerous pursuit practices.
"Can you think of any other public-safety priority where thoughtful policy is developed, adopted and then legally ignored? All other law enforcement policies require accountability. Accountability should never be feared. It is critical to good government." —The late Jim Phillips, pursuitwatch.org, June 2005.
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.
In hot pursuit of a motorcycle
Police pursuits have become very hot topics across the country because more non-involved civilians have been killed or injured seriously and are witnesses to "road rage" and police chases, all in the name of apprehending fleeing motorist. Please understand, I have the greatest respect for the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement officers who proudly put on their uniforms knowing each time they report for duty their lives are in jeopardy by enforcing the law and providing protection for all. However, many citizens are extremely concerned with the dangers involved in high speed police chases. published: 05/22/2005
Killing the Innocent Does Not Save Lives
Commentary by Albert Boland, Grandfather of Innocent Victim
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.
Police pursuits and policy
Quite often we hear that the pursue/no pursue decision in police chases has to be made in a split second, and hat we should allow some latitude to officers if they don't follow policy or make poorly reasoned choices of that pursuit policy should give space for wide discretion in pursuits. I can best demonstrate the fallacy of this line of reasoning by ... (See Editorial above.)
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 acceptable 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" (For the Star's column, click here): 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.
- Officers must be accountable for innocent victims of pursuits
April 26, 2004—The state Legislature should enact SB1866, the bill to repeal police immunity for injury-causing police chases where the public is not otherwise in "imminent peril." The legislation promotes public safety, fairness and governmental accountability. Its only flaw is that it does not go far enough, making injury to innocent bystanders a matter of strict liability.
Daily Journal Newswire Article
There but for the grace of God go I January 24, 2006
Officer doesn't tell all September 18, 2005
Don't second-guess police September 8, 2005
- Deadly Pursuit August 9, 2005
Pursuits aren't outlawed June 19 , 2005
Learn from Maryland's error June 6 , 2005
Public safety first; ban plea-bargain deals December 30, 2004
Pursue pursuit policy October 1, 2004
Sensible restrictions on police pursuits is bill's intent May 13, 2004
Make pursuits safer January 13, 2004
CHP lacks compassion for innocent victim December 3, 2003
Inappropriate Chase in School Zone April 29, 2003
Not feeling safe now! April 29, 2003
A weak argument for police chases November 29, 2002
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