Questions Mount About Police Chases Following Deadly Crash


November 29, 2018

SOUTH FULTON, GA- 11alive.com writes that the investigation is ongoing in a crash that resulted from a police chase. The incident took place when a police officer chased a stolen Mercedes Benz into an intersection where the police vehicle struck a work van.*

Three people sadly died in the work van, which caught fire following the crash, leading to difficulties in identifying the victims. 

In the aftermath of the deadly incident, people are beginning to question whether the police chase was warranted in the first place, and what if any circumstances warrant these often-dangerous car chases. 

When police attempt to stop a person and that drive flees rather than stopping, the officer has to decide whether to follow the vehicle or let it go. Police consider the crime the person has been suspected of when they make a decision whether or not to chase a car. 

If the suspect was involved in a violent crime and is deemed a threat to people’s safety, then it is more likely that the officer will choose to follow the car. The officer will also take into account the conditions of the road at the time. If there are school buses nearby, and its raining, then it is less likely that the officer is going to engage in pursuitthan if the roads are empty and the day is clear. 

The thinking on police chases is shifting. From the 1980s throughthe early 2000s, hundreds of people died in police chases every year. The risks were often not warranted as officers who pursued vehicles would typically find the person had only been guilty of minor crimes. 

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Sources:

https://www.11alive.com/video/news/crime/investigation-continues-into-deadly-south-fulton-crash-questions-remain-about-police-pursuit-policies/85-9d44cbac-c0aa-47d0-96c5-d9825189e41a

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a9096/why-high-speed-police-chases-are-going-away-15532838/

https://people.howstuffworks.com/police-chase2.htm

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