Return of the Fleeing Felon Rule?
No, of course not in Illinois. What are you, nuts? But in Texas, this op-ed piece makes some good points about how the politicians and public are more willing to blame the police for when things go awry than the suspects and felons who actually cause the problems, be it car chases, foot chases or whatever. Some highlights:
- The same goes for police chases. These have been virtually halted in many places because instead of making it more perilous for a suspect to run, we have hampered the pursuit. The media should hammer on suspects who try to escape, pointing out that they endanger themselves, presumably innocent bystanders and certainly the police.
- And, no, it is not human instinct to run from cops when a person is not guilty (of something if not the immediate crime). It is actually perverse to resist arrest in civilized society. We need to stress this. One good way would be to make everyone afraid of being shot if they make police give chase.
Go read the whole thing. Then start looking for applications to police departments in Texas.