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FBI Statistics One Killed Per Day In Police Chases?
According to an FBI statistical report, high-speed police chases kill one person a day nationwide, and innocent bystanders represent 42% of the fatalities. In other words, almost half of those people killed likely minded their own business. Hence, they were in no way connected to the automobile chase. According to other federal records, police are not immune from fatal injury related to high-speed chases, killing approximately 139 police officers.
Authorities maintain that high-speed pursuits are necessary when uncooperative drivers or suspects flee the cops. The belief pursuing criminals will send criminals a message they won’t be chased. So this gives them no reason to fear the police when they are operating a vehicle.
In effect, many police feel casualties are unfortunate, especially when it is an innocent bystander or police officer, but this is an unavoidable consequence of policing. The police usually believe that society should do a better job instilling patriotism, love of country, and respect for the Constitution to return to the low crime rates of the ’50s.
Some opponents working in law enforcement admit high-speed chases are dangerous, promoting alternative law enforcement methods, giving criminals a pass but saving lives today. Unfortunately, perps remain free to continue harming others, breeding absolute contempt and disrespect for police law by those protected and criminals.
The Justice Department has labeled high-speed chases “the most dangerous of all ordinary police activities.” (Source.) They have advised reducing these pursuits that all police departments set strict guidelines. These determine when law enforcement officers should or should not chase a driver fleeing.
Even with the Justice Departments’ warnings about police chases, it is still up to the police departments, with most officers having discretion in choosing to pursue fleeing drivers. Police records prove some officers fail to make the right choice, causing mass casualties along the way.
A review of the high-speed chase police department records shows that approximately 89% or more of these pursuits were for minor violations in California. So vehicle code issues include expired registration, speeding, and reckless driving. In defense of law enforcement agencies and officers, it is not solely their fault these pursuits occur.
But law-breaking drivers violated the law by fleeing, initiating the chase, and it is a police officer’s job to investigate and enforce the law, not to protect citizens. The Supreme Court says the police must stop crime and criminal violations of the law, a reason police officers choose pursuits of law violating drivers rather than doing nothing.
Felony evading is the least of this suspect’s worries
Felony evading is the least of this suspect’s worries. He had outstanding warrants for burglary, which somewhat explains why he was fleeing from the police in the first place. Ultimately no weapons were found, though he may have pitched them out the window at some point.
You may ask, “why not use the PIT maneuver?” If a suspect is determined to be armed it poses safety problems for the police once they spin the car around. At that point, the suspect is facing them with a loaded gun. Yeah, the police warrant our sincere appreciation.