chases in Mississippi and the Nation
I find it interesting that the only people who do not believe in
limiting police chases have not really studied the issue. Research
shows that pursuing criminals does not decrease the incidence of
people fleeing from the police.
In many states fleeing from the police is a misdemeanor, so then
why is it so important for a policeman to increase the danger to
the public by pursuing? Increasing the penalty that a person gets
for fleeing from police is a deterrent.
Added to the already existing danger during a chase is that most
of our police officers have little or no training in police pursuits.
This is the equivalent to a brain surgeon with no training. Who
would be his patient?
Pursuing allows the officer to the chance to be the judge and the
jury, and passing sentence by literally chasing someone to death.
Let's face it, police like to chase and use their cars as a deadly
weapon police because they know that using a weapon would create
a serious uproar. The use of police cars as weapons should be treated
with this same uproar.
Many innocent people and law enforcement officers are killed and
injured during police pursuits. I thought the goal of being a law
enforcement officer was to protect and serve the public.
Instead we are being slaughtered by our own public servants.
Victim of a police pursuit in Brandon, Mississippi