Houston’s police chief has delayed implementing a new, more restrictive police vehicular pursuit policy in order to allow further review and approval by the City Council, the Houston Chronicle reports. The city’s police union harshly criticized the new policy when it was announced. It limits officers’ authority to chase drivers suspected of minor traffic violations. The union said it gives criminals a free pass.
The new policy bars officers from giving chase after minor infractions. Instead, the policy requires police to safely follow drivers suspected of committing minor traffic violations such as running a red light in order to gather information that can be used to seek an arrest warrant. “I believe in the policy,” said Police Chief Harold Hurtt.