COPS TO TV STATIONS: CUT CHASE COVERAGE

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Los Angeles officials urged television news stations yesterday to cut back on their live coverage of police chases of motor vehicles. L.A. Mayor James K. Hahn said the coverage encourages “careless individuals who want their 15 minutes of fame,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Jeff Wald, news director of KTLA-TV, responded that most motorists are taken into custody in an orderly way, and the TV coverage is “more of a deterrent.” L.A. Police Chief William J. Bratton and Sheriff Lee Baca took part in the TV-bashing. “You know this isn’t what your stations should be doing,” Bratton said. The Los Angeles Police Department counted 643 police pursuits last year, down from 782 in 2001.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-pursuit27feb27,1,6045714.story?coll=la%2Dho

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