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One Killed in Police Chase in North Alabama


February 24, 2020

ALABAMA- Al.com writes that a man who was riding a motorcycle died in a police chase this week in Alabama. The victim, a 32-year-old man, was fleeing officers when he lost control of his 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The bike hit the guardrail, and the rider died at the scene.*

According to reports, the police pursued the man after he drove through a red light and was seen speeding in Florence. An officer tried to pull the motorcyclist over, but the man did not stop, and the officer pursued. The incident came to an end with the deadly collision. The deputy police chief at the Florence police department stated that it was a tragic end to the chase and not how his department ever wants these situations to end. The state police are investigating the incident, which is also under an internal review. The officer who chased the victim is still on active duty. 

Police chases are often criticized for creating dangerous situations for every person involved and near the pursuit. Many of these incidents end in collisions. In fact, a report in Georgia found that around half of police chases end with a crash. The rate of apprehending suspects in such a manner was also around 50 percent. In many cases, the suspect is the person injured or killed in a chase, and frequently, the crime the person is suspected of is minor. 

Police departments vary when it comes to their policies regarding when an officer can and cannot initiate a police chase. Officers are meant to consider who they are putting at risk and what risks the person they are chasing presents as well. The more violent the criminal, the better reason there is to pursue that person. 

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Sources:https://www.al.com/news/2020/02/man-killed-in-crash-during-north-alabama-police-chase.html?outputType=amp and https://www.wsav.com/crime-safety/when-are-police-chases-appropriate-we-asked-georgia-state-patrol/


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