Dallas Police Chase Mishaps May Lead To Policy Changes


Seventeen officers violated the Dallas Police Department’s high-speed chase policy in a pursuit that left an officer seriously injured, says an internal affairs investigation reported by the Dallas Morning News. None of the officers was authorized to be involved in the 28-minute chase that began when a driver tried to run over several officers during a confrontation in an apartment parking lot. The chase, along with an incident in which a squad car fatally struck a 10-year-old child while racing at least 29 mph over the speed limit without sirens or lights on a darkened road, prompted the department to tighten its procedures on how officers respond to emergencies.

Senior Cpl. Glenn White, president of the Dallas Police Association, said he believed that much of the criticism aimed at officers has been unfair second-guessing. A panel formed by Chief David Kunkle has separately made recommendations to improve the management of police pursuits. One calls for a supervisor to monitor the speeds of those officers rushing toward the chase or following it. “We have the technology to determine which cars are going over certain speeds and to do it in a real-time basis,” Kunkle said. “We want pursuits, when they occur, to be done in the safest way possible.”

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