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Show Of Hands December 18th, 2012 12:00am

If a driver accelerates away during a routine traffic stop in a crowded area, should police begin a high-speed pursuit despite the danger to other drivers and pedestrians?

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Hunson1038
12/24/12 9:33 pm

You're pretty dumb. Has anyone ever told you that?

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ScrewU Gone
12/22/12 12:28 pm

Not buying it.

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margarita Florida
12/22/12 9:13 am

That is an extremely ignorant statement....

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/22/12 9:12 am

That, or they feel endangered by the officer. Most officers are good cops, but not all.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/22/12 9:11 am

That's why you lock your car and close the door if you exit it.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/22/12 9:09 am

Safe following distance (minimal civilian danger) until helicopter pursuit can be arranged, or until the suspect gets into a more rural area.

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weallhave1 Tennessee
12/21/12 5:48 pm

I'm not surprised the democrats voted not to chase. Most of the criminals are democrats!

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weallhave1 Tennessee
12/21/12 5:47 pm

The suspect doesn't drive with due care whether the police are chasing or not. At least if the police are following with lights and siren, other people at least have a chance to be warned and get out of the way.

jennv3
12/20/12 9:29 pm

Thank you for everything you do! Being an officer is a thankless job sometimes but know that there are some reasonable people who appreciate you risking your lives for our safety. :)

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jweezie711
12/20/12 7:49 pm

What about a trunk full of dead body's. U never know

JackTorS SOH Flounder
12/20/12 5:45 pm

Haha! He changed it again!!!!

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Jmhf
12/20/12 11:16 am

Alright, let's, chase him and kill a few others. Why not

TiltonAllStarz Outside Ur Comfort Zone
12/20/12 9:02 am

Read my post, read his/her post. I think I made my point.

cobra4778
12/20/12 7:23 am

Just because the police would driving with due regard for the safety of the innocent bystanders doesn't mean the suspect will.

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saintcl89
12/20/12 5:35 am

Suspicious activity. Something you consider nonsense could be suspicious to us. There could be someone driving slow in your neighborhood casing houses. Leave the police work to us.

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cobra4778
12/20/12 4:39 am

Threat to me or anyone in my family. I will kill them with a second thought. Bottom line in my opinion is that everyone has a line in the sand as to when it is time to not be good.

cobra4778
12/20/12 4:35 am

No we are not all inherently bad. There are people who are truly what we would call good however they are getting to be fewer and farther between. Case in point I am a nice person. I would give someone the shirt off my back if they needed it. However if someone breaks into my house and is a threat

cobra4778
12/20/12 4:31 am

They are running for a reason is my point and your right it is tragic when an innocent bystander is hurt or worse but why is the blame placed on the officer and not the suspect? If the suspect hasn't run the officer wouldn't have had to chase.

cobra4778
12/20/12 4:29 am

Only if you can prove beyond a reasonable doubt they were actually the driver. Burden of proof is on the prosecution.

praetorianus65
12/19/12 9:32 pm

Exactly - the rookies want to flex their muscles.
An experienced officer would handle it differently.

BAL North Carolina
12/19/12 9:23 pm

I got a nonsense ticket before. Before I could get in touch with legal representation, the chief called my house and apologized for the nonsense ticket. There are some bad rookies out there.

HorseHead
12/19/12 9:07 pm

My thought is that if it's in a crowded area then the police would easily keep tabs on the car without needing to be in hot pursuit. Once the car eventually exits the crowded area then it's time for the high speed chase.

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praetorianus65
12/19/12 8:47 pm

3 months police academy and you think you are king? Screw you coppers.

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praetorianus65
12/19/12 8:43 pm

OK, a few years back I was stopped for no reason - I wasn't speeding or breaking the law in any way but the cops searched my car like I am a felon - a routine stop. You can protest and it probably won't be admissible in court but you shouldn't do it.

EarlyBird Portland
12/19/12 8:31 pm

Jack - how did you figure that out?

tommysq Chicagoland
12/19/12 6:56 pm

I've been pulled over several times for not doing anything wrong. One time the clown told me I looked lost. I was three blocks from home.

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RedneckDriggers Confederacy
12/19/12 5:35 pm

If he runs he has something to hide but radio and don't put public in danger

BAL North Carolina
12/19/12 3:52 pm

The cop should notify other cops in the area. The person will probably still be driving erratically and they'll be easy to spot if the cops have the make, model, and plate.

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KudosToYou California
12/19/12 3:09 pm

This is in response to...
"Give chase, what if he's about to kill 20 kids"?

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 3:07 pm

That's how an investigation goes. Run the plates. Other cops are on watch. They check with the owner, maybe it's not stolen...

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 3:04 pm

Too bad for the victims then, eh? Cop just HAS to give chase, no matter what?

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 3:01 pm

He could have done anything...like freak out. Let the cops decide but the met result of going in with the mentality to always give chase will be the death of innocent civilians.

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:53 pm

You can only put the perpetrator into custody if you catch him.

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:51 pm

Yes, it could be serious, but it could mean nothing. People panic.

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:50 pm

They won't give up the chase. Pick an alternate route and hope you find the suspect on the other side or hope he is picked up by another car, or helicopter.

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:48 pm

What if he gets away and does nothing? What if a chase ensues, several pedestrians are killed and injured and the suspect was scared of a minor infraction? We can't make up all these hypothetical situations. Leave it up to the cops but let's not push where we don't have to.

bellaagh Ready or Not Here I Come
12/19/12 2:42 pm

I would chase, since if we let them go then anyone could bypass the police.

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KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:41 pm

And there'll be no crossfire? People won't miss?

KudosToYou California
12/19/12 2:34 pm

I'd rather no one else died.

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JackTorS SOH Flounder
12/19/12 2:22 pm

Haha! Eaglist changed his name!!!!

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thatguy438
12/19/12 2:03 pm

Yes because criminals are just treated like royalty

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JackTorS SOH Flounder
12/19/12 1:36 pm

They can, but there's a chance it may be a stolen car and not the owner operating.

JackTorS SOH Flounder
12/19/12 1:31 pm

I didn't say it was a 'statistic' I sad it was a more likely 'scenario'. There are statistics to back up both sides if you really want to look, but failing to stop your vehicle for police (running) is a violent felony in and of itself which is more than enough reason to pursue in most conditions.

latebird SOH Bunker
12/19/12 1:05 pm

Can't they jut run the plates?

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saintcl89
12/19/12 12:45 pm

Meant to say serpentine. No idea how aero came in to play

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saintcl89
12/19/12 12:44 pm

Get out in front of the traffic. Put your rear lights on and aero across all lanes slowing down and everyone behind you doesn't have much of a choice

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saintcl89
12/19/12 12:39 pm

Goes back to no stop is routine. They are leaving for a reason