Chase Policy Revisited?
Well well well, lookie here. As predicted, the "no chase" policies enacted by various Departments have had the effect that police predicted they would:
- The two men in the silver Infiniti were pulled over only for having tinted windows -- so when the driver hit the gas and fled, the state trooper had no choice but to let them speed away.
The trooper was just following an Illinois State Police policy that allows officers to chase drivers only when they believe someone is in danger or when a violent crime has occurred.
After fleeing from the traffic stop, the men inside the car allegedly went on a crime spree in Illinois corn country, fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy and then taking hostages at a small-town bank. They were arrested hours later.
So a "no-chase" policy resulted in at least one Officer being killed. Once you forbid the police from being the police, criminals will establish behaviors and footholds where they once didn't have the courage to do so:
- no felony charges for attacking the police = more batteries to PO
- no traffic enforcement = more people drive with impunity
- no disorderly conduct charge = more people actually being disorderly
- no chase policy = more people fleeing at the drop of a hat
Society gets the police it deserves and when they spend their time emasculating the police and tying their hands, one really has to wonder what they expected.
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