Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It's worse than I thought.


UPDATE: BOLO - fleeing driver with a neck bigger than his head.

The Strib has more on yesterday's chase:
The call from the OnStar tracking system about the stolen sport utility vehicle reached Roseville police at 3:02 p.m. Monday. Five minutes later, officers spotted the red SUV and gave chase.

Within 90 seconds, Sandra Kay Baxter was dead.

The woman's death, at least the sixth fatality this year in the Twin Cities area caused by someone fleeing police, has renewed the debate about when authorities should pursue suspects.
A couple of our nation's finest, one who has a great blog here, were generous enough to leave their first-hand knowledge in response to this story, to comment on car chases and some of the limitations the police have in apprehending fleeing fleas. Thank you, gentlemen, for your service and your thoughts.

I was a little angry yesterday, and I'm about an inch away from finding the nearest lawyer and kicking him in the bag. What does it say about the state of criminal apprehension when the police's justified fear of lawyers has to be a stronger consideration than arresting a criminal who's got nothing to lose? Let's not assess when or when not to pursue, let's address what we should do to those being pursued.

When an already tough day at the office turns into a high-speed chase, they have to make a decision. Pursue, in the unlikely chance the chase ends with the fleeing driver putting the vehicle in park, taking a big risk the fleeing driver will kill someone. Upholding their oath to protect and serve, a pursuing officer who's suspect is individually guilty of killing someone will incur the unsightly consequence of having a plaintiff's attorney wedged up his a$$ for an extended period, all for the capital offense of doing the right thing.

Criminals kill innocent people and who get's blamed and extorted? The police. That's like blaming a fireman when an arsonist's fire burned down a collateral building.

It's not hyperbole to say that we have more to fear from lawyers than we do terrorists. My chances of getting sued are astronomically better than getting killed by a terrorist, and getting blown up would be much more pleasant.

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