Detroit Police Re-Evaluating Vehicle Pursuits After Two Kids Die In Chase


Detroit Police Chief James Craig said his department is “re-evaluating vehicle pursuits” after a deadly patrol car chase that ended in the deaths of two young children, reports the Detroit News. The children were struck Wednesday evening by the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro who was fleeing police during a chase. Three other children were injured. Craig said the patrol supervisor reported trying to call off the chase. Police didn’t find a gun in the Camaro, despite reports from pursuing officers that they gave chase because they saw a weapon, he said.

Craig said he likes to “err” on the side that police pursuits not be conducted through neighborhoods, but there are times when they may be necessary. The incident left anger, frustration and sadness, said Kimberly Stephenson, an evangelist with the God Universal House of Prayer, who lives nearby and heard the crash. “Now people are afraid to even put their kids out here.” The driver of the Camaro was identified by police as a 29-year-old parole absconder for a conviction for possession of methamphetamine.

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