Sunday, September 20, 2009

No Foot Chases

  • (Wellford, SC)—The Mayor of Wellford is defending her policy which bans police officers in that city from chasing suspects. Sallie Peake says the policy also includes vehicle chases along with pursuits on foot.

    A memo issued on September 2nd from Peake to all Wellford officers reads:

    “As of this date, there are to be no more foot chases when a suspect runs. I do not want anyone chasing after any suspects whatsoever.“

    WSPA first reported the mandate on Wednesday after an anonymous citizen faxed a copy of the memo to our newsroom. Peake was out of town and unavailable for comment. On Friday, reporter Chris Cato caught up with her in her office and questioned her about the origin of the policy. Peake says she issued the mandate because several officers have been injured during chases, driving up insurance costs for the town.

    “The officers are costing us more money on insurance than most citizens here in the city of Wellford are even earning,“ says Peake.
We're sure Daley is taking notes. This is a potential savings of billions more for the Olympic dream!



Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/20/2009 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, not only will costs to the city be reduced in terms of fewer injury/medical claims, but there should be fewer medical days lost on the injured officers AND potentially a refusal to cover medical costs for injuries incurred as a result of chasing bad guys IN VIOLATION OF THE ORDER not to chase... We're screwed if this practice becomes popular!

9/20/2009 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll start right now! I will not do any more foot chases.... oh, wait! I already started that one in the 90's. Ok I will no longer do any more treason arrests. Sorry, I forgot, I already am not doing any more arrests. Mr. Mayor, I'm sure I can think of something I can stop doing to save you money.

9/20/2009 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats OK, I quite running after people 2 years and 80 days ago.

9/20/2009 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, you have to watch the video. This woman mayor make Daley look smart and that's a challenge. This woman is they type of guy the I voted for Obama Guy from SLC talks about.

9/20/2009 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why Menards lets shoplifters walk right out the door. It's cheaper for them to claim stolen merch than pay injury -to- employee claims. Oh fuck me. That's right . I'm still here after it's come to this, just fuck me. Also, I need a new SawzAll.

9/20/2009 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Say What ? said...

How can any politician survive in office after promising the voters:

Wow! That'll teach those bastards!

9/20/2009 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah??? welcome to police work. a policeman gets hurt everyday. dont get dramatic over this crap boys and girls. shit happens. go michigan state!!!!!!!

9/20/2009 05:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor of Wellford is defending her policy which bans police officers in that city from chasing suspects.

THERE IS NO DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9/20/2009 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if her order was..."Don't chase...just shoot! Betcha it would be the safest place in America!!!!!

9/20/2009 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There already exists such a policy on my beat. I don't chase anybody, either on foot or by auto. This has cut the number of chase related injuries and resulting lawsuits down to zero. And I have not missed one day of work due to a chase related injury or cost the City any money at all.

In addition, the Circuit Court and Cook County Sheriff and Cook County Jail have all saved by not having to house an arrestee while waiting for his nolle prosse or SOL.

And I sleep better knowing I don't have to go down to that court just to hear what a liar and bad guy I am for chasing poor little alleged offender.

This also reduces the workload of the hardworking folks over at The Innocence Project so that they may concentrate on emptying our prisons of innocent people nationwide.

It is better all the way around. I work a small beat and they are soon out of my beat anyway.

Anyone know how that contract is coming along?

9/20/2009 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an even better idea. Let's just discontinue all police departments and lay off all police officers. Just think how much money we will save! Payrolls, cars, equipment, police stations, lock ups, pensions, civil rights suits we'll save enough to have the Olympics every four years. Who said we need the thin blue line to keep the predators from victimizing the average citizen? The average citizen nowadays has more feelings for the predators than they do for the police any way. The ACLU and the bottom feeding lawyers who sue the police can use the spare time they will have, since they won't have the police to focus on, to bring suit against those who break the law. Oh no, I guess they can't do that because it would be a conflict of interest since they only represent those who break the law.
Well, the point is, the bad guys and their radical supporters, including the President of the USA, have won. The majority of the people in this country are good people but they have done nothing as the lunatic fringe have fought and succeeded in getting their way. As the old saying goes, the only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.
There are really only two solutions. Stand up and fight to take this country back or find another country. It's your choice since you are good men and women.

9/20/2009 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when we live in a day when our police are not allowed to police, we as a society have failed ourselves. And we can start handing out special spoons for eating up this bullshit, and glasses for the koolaide. Whats next, give your money to criminals so they dont have to steal or rob us ?

9/20/2009 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Deputy Barney Fife said...

Wellford, SC...

Isn't that south of Mount Pilot and just west of Mayberry?

I don't really recall Andy or Barney in too many footchases over the years either... although Barney often did flee from his own shadow.

I'm just sayin!

9/20/2009 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell I adopted that about 8 years ago. I could fuckin care less, unless...however, a brother or sister in blue is calling for help!

Sorry good got what you voted for! Buy a gun!

9/20/2009 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says the policy prevents police from upholding the law—a direct violation of their constitutional oath.

9/20/2009 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until Her Honor the Mayor, Sallie Peake of Wellford, SC, has to start paying the legal bills for the inevitable lawsuits against her and her city for failing to protect the citizens.

This woman is in WAY over her head and is making policy in areas where she has no knowledge. It is not uncommon in small towns like this, for the politicians to be complete rubes.

She is one big lawsuit away from bankrupting her city and herself standing in the unemployment line.

9/20/2009 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pen and clipboard carrying secretaries, that is what police work has become. It is official now.

9/20/2009 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful scenario---- the mayor comes home and sees j/o climbing out the window of her house with a pillow case slung over his shoulder which contains her valuables--- she alerts a passing squad car to the burglar who sees the officer and begins to flee on foot----- officer, there he goes, go get him---- sorry mayor, no more foot chases remember--- here's your report, call your insurance company---- professional policing at it's finest---

9/20/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/20/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember about 2yrs ago on zone 8, some w/c terminated a foot chase. She kept telling the dispatcher to have those officers terminate immediately. I think she just wasn't listening or paying enough attention to know it was a foot chase.

9/20/2009 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have got to see the video of this interview. That mayor is NUTS!!!!!! Oh my god! How did this person get elected to public office. Google sallie peake to watch it. Very much worth your time. Liberal moonbat in action.

9/20/2009 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the begining of that movie...demolition man. Greetings and solutations. We will be fined credits for swearing. What's next?.... Again, WTF!

9/20/2009 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mayor is definately a nut job. I like the way she started throwing religion at the reporter. Lord have mercy! Those who voted for her got their bang for the buck... let the robbers, thieves, rapists and murders run away, your tax dollars at work.

9/20/2009 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, shortshanks will love it! No foot persuits, no car chases. Fewer arrests mean fewer crimes, right? And, if we're not going to chase the bad guys, why bother driving over to the scene of the crime? Don't buy us cars. Give us bus passes and see how long it takes for the police to answer a call! Give this woman mayor the fuckin' Nobel Peace prize!

9/20/2009 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


good to see the decent citizens of Rockford supporting their police officers in the wake of the shooting of another "aspiring rapper"

I wish some people in our city would follow suit

9/20/2009 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as Weis is Superintendant and Daley is Mayor, That's a order they don't have to put in writing. No P.O. with a ounce of sanity is going to bust his/her ass to do anything risky anyway.

9/20/2009 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my last foot chase was around 2002 when i tore my pants scraped my knee and dude got away
i then went to the "garage sale" at the fop hall looking for a deal but could not find pants with anything less than a 52" waist
that opened up my eyes, i never chased anyone again and i eat at least one more salad a week

9/20/2009 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the small PD out there in NC is milking the medical...

9/20/2009 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you REALLY need to watch the video in the link.

9/20/2009 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous chess player said...

hmmm let's think about this for a moment . . . .

no foot chases means: no IODs, no arrests, no court time, no extensions of tours, no CR numbers, no lawsuits, no punitive damages, CRIME STATS go way up because when word gets out no one will stop for the police, crime stats go up, daley gets blamed, j-fed gets blamed, daley gets elected out of office as a backlash, no olympics, screwed up olympics if they do come.

sounds good to me. it may hurt the working police who love and need the overtime, but if we try it for awhile, the citizenry will cry for us to work again. THEN we ask for and get the raises we deserve.

really, we should try that. just remember to protect yourself and your family foremost. let the rest get what they ask for.

9/20/2009 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it, the criminals know our general orders. Cars take off on us all the time and once it reaches high speeds, we (i.e. whoever is chasing after the bad guy) is supposed to terminate the chase. That responsibility rests on our shoulders and God forbid if a civilian gets hurt and you can bet that YOU will be sued. Indemnification is only applicable if you follow department orders boys and girls.

So the moral of the story, if you get into a car chase, go after and pursue the bad guy, but once it gets dangerous, terminate it ASAP.

It sucks and I hate it. But I have to watch out for my bank account, house that is paid off, pension and the prospect of losing my job.

Society has decided this is the police they want and this is the police they will get. Maybe citizens will wake up and realize they need to support the police.

9/20/2009 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'd rather let a thousand guilty men go free than chase after them."

9/20/2009 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the video - can't you just picture her here in Chicago in a white shirt and gold star spouting like an idiot. She would fit right in with Burger Queen, Penny and the other play commanders. Come to Chicago Sallie. The combination of JFeds complete inability to evalute personnell and Daleys corrupt and cynical pandering to reverends etc and his petty hatred of the police are made to order for you. Maybe you could replace Jfed to destroy anything that is left of the department when he is done.

9/20/2009 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, I've said this for a long time. Foot chases for dope should be abolished. I've seen broken ankles., blown out knees, broken hands, wrists and dislocated shoulders (going over fences) and serious car crashes from officers responding to help. Don't get me wrong; violent crimes, guns, etc. it's on. But for a $75 court date after taxes for dope, it's not worth the health of any of us. I understand there's a lot of money in dope court, especially now that felony dope can be done at ur area branch, but to me it's not worth it. Going to 26/Cal for a pack sucked. Who cares about the city losing money it's injuries that last a lifetime that matter. Stay safe.

9/20/2009 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should firemen stop putting out fires?

9/20/2009 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/20/2009 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. Rumor from a source at HQ that Commander J.O. from Narcotics is getting moved/dumped for being involved in a bad search warrant that was done last year and was caught on camera (aired on several news networks). Allegedly Commander J.O.(Lt. at time) who was the highest ranking CPD member on scene and orchestrated the warrant was also all over the camera (until it was pointed away). Supposedly, the 10 million dollar federal law suit has the Mayor's ass steaming and JFED's ass puckered.

9/20/2009 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/20/2009 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea. I chased after a drug dealer and consequently ended up IOD for 2 weeks.

9/20/2009 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous talkin' smack 'bout tac said...

It baffles mean when a female officer is screaming on the radio about a male so and so running .......and the lame bitch has not even left her vehicle.

Same thing when a 2 year tac wonder is yelling, huffing and puffing about his pursuit offender.
When asked his says, "wanted for PCS". Give us a break flukey; get a real arrest.

9/20/2009 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous another BS fed policy said...

" Squad, 163B, I'm, following an asshole you just knocked down and snatched a purse from an old lady. He's running east bound on 18th street! I'm not running. Just following at a safe distance. Oh wait. He just dropped the purse. Ok, squad, he turned on Indiana, wearing red shirt and jeans, white gym shoes." The tac officer picks up the purse and makes a shocking discovery.
"OMG! The ID in the purse says Maggie Daley! 163B requesting permission to initiate foot pursuit. Sidewalks are clear of extraneous pedestrians."

The soon to be fired zone 4 dispatcher says, "the department has a no foot pursuit policy; permisssion denied. Realization hits the sleeping dispatcher. This just might be the real Maggie.
"Officer if you insist, I will contact operations command and obtain approval from the 1st deputy to allow you to conduct a foot pursuit."


9/20/2009 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous safe city paradigm said...

I side with 07:19 to discontinue all policing as we know it and let the citizenry defend themselves and their property. Bad guys will cease to exist after several months. You'll find most of these criminal minded types in our city's waterways and sewers.

9/20/2009 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous self policing said...

just remember to protect yourself and your family foremost. let the rest get what they ask for.

9/20/2009 03:33:00 PM
My shotgun is ready to visit violence on those looking to harm my home or family.

9/20/2009 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All part of Failed Model Approach.

9/21/2009 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tickets yes,foot chase no.

9/21/2009 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do your jobs, you make us look bad too go along with the corrupt officers.

9/21/2009 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whats next, give your money to criminals so they dont have to steal or rob us ?

9/20/2009 07:47:00 AM"

We already do that.

Think about it.

9/21/2009 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I side with 07:19 to discontinue all policing as we know it and let the citizenry defend themselves and their property. Bad guys will cease to exist after several months. You'll find most of these criminal minded types in our city's waterways and sewers.

9/20/2009 09:55:00 PM"

Hey, you grew up in Uki Village too?

9/21/2009 02:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Cow ! Shortshanks has a female twin with the same IQ !!!!!

When the citizens of her town toss her silly ass out, Daley can hire her as a District Commander here in Chicago. She already fits right in !!!!!

9/21/2009 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really not a surprise as anyone with half a brain cell that watches the courts and liability decisions couldn't see coming.

Sorry all you eager-beaver tac guys with your foot chases with car chase backup going after a street rat with 3 dime-bag rocks in his pocket. The fun is over. Also every one knows about the end-of-the-chase payback.

Every decision cities make regarding police polices nowadays are made in the light of lawsuits and money.

The message I get:

Unless the perp did something for which you can shoot him, there is no point in chasing him.

And if he did something for which you can shoot him, there is no point in chasing him.

9/22/2009 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have got to see the video of this interview. That mayor is NUTS!!!!!!

9/22/2009 01:00:00 PM  

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