Cleveland Case Spurs Changes in Police Pursuits


A deadly police chase in Cleveland two years ago has prompted local authorities across the country to rethink chase strategies, reports USA Today. Many experts, police departments and everyday citizens are questioning how and when police officers should conduct such pursuits. While chases have gone on for decades, mounting concerns about public safety, police liability and excessive force claims are fueling policy changes that have come to states like Florida, Kansas and California as part of growing national trend among departments to limit chases, experts say.

More than one-third of all police chases end in crashes, said Geoffrey Alpert, a criminologist who has studied police pursuits since the 1980s. Officers also become filled with adrenaline and can possibly find themselves using excessive force once they catch their suspects. Cities that have instituted policies to limit police pursuits include Oakland, Calif., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kansas City, Kan.

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