In hot pursuit of some answers

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 4, 2009 - 8:19 AM

Residents are angry that police haven't responded to their concerns after a high speed chase ended in a Minneapolis crash.

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jsherwin1May. 3, 09 8:55 PM

Message to the author.... Hey Pam, look up a term called "qualified immunity" and you'll understand why the courts side with the cops in the VAST majority of pursuits. Perhaps if this was mentioned in your article it wouldn't seem so anti-law enforcement. As long as police officers follow state law and department policy, federal law protects government employees from damages. While I agree that non-violent offenders should not be pursued, policies should be written to allow some discretion because in the world of cops and criminals, nothing is black and white.

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hommerocksMay. 3, 09 9:50 PM

is that shoplifting is not a violent crime, and any damage that resulted from this chase was absolutely unnecessary.

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mdistancerunMay. 3, 0910:19 PM

Should there have been a pursuit? Yes. Should they have let it get this out of hand? No. You can not just let anyone get away by getting in a car. However, you need to set up a roadblock, spikestrip, or use more officers to stop the chase as soon as possible.

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skee0025May. 3, 0911:13 PM

When the police pursue a criminal who has victimized others they are "putting the public at risk", but if they dont chase a criminal that has victimized you they're lazy, no good or corrupt....Retards

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lakesbadgeMay. 3, 0911:14 PM

Believe me, officers try to get in front with spikestrips,etc(roadblocks? no, state considers that the same as shooting them-deadly force) but it is impossible to predict what street the criminal will take next, thus extremely hard to set them up. The more you let criminals just hop in a car and take off, letting them go because it gets dangerous, the more they will try to make it as dangerous as possible as soon as possible in order to get you to quit, and the more and more crime they can do and just hop in a car. In the end, just letting them go will cause more danger down the road to the public. The roseville chase had been called off, but the criminal didn't just slow down and drive safe, and ended up killing someone who had no sirens/emergency lights to warn them of the danger coming. By the way "hommerocks" read the article again, wasn't just shoplifting, vehicle was stolen also(felony).

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stryper1961May. 3, 0911:24 PM

deadly force should be an available option....if a suspect has shown a willingness to drive in such a fashion as to endanger life the cops should be able to terminate the danger by whatever means are necessary and emmediately available--including lethal measures...just think...if the car thiefs and other criminals know they could be shot if they decide to lead a high speed chase maybe they wouldn't do it. its called CONSEQUENCES.

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joewillMay. 4, 0912:06 AM

Ask retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He's the one that took that option (Along with other Justices)away from the police. As far as responsibility goes, the police don't make the criminals flee, it's the criminals choice. Let the police do their job.

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HockeyjockMay. 4, 09 1:09 AM

Until the public demands a vehicle disabler what can the police do. When the police dont pursue a felon or at least confirmed felony activity then whats that say. I happen to be tired of the whining about the police shouldn't give chases, when it is clear that FACTS that show the CHOICES that a criminal has made requires police action. Thus it seems like the only time some people GET IT is when its personal and happens to them. So when the police have facts < stolen car> repeat i.d. thief> career criminal, video documentation i.e. target security and theft amount is felony level (flat screen) i would hope that would be enough. But in making it personal, how bout,when(homeowner) back from a walk witness this BEY guy going out the back door of there home and into their garage and zoom off with their car. Humm i guess the police should just wait until the criminal CHOOSES to park the car and walk away and hope thier flat screen shows up at the pawn shop! hummmmm i suggest a ride along (was very critical of the police until i did) and wonder what choice they would make?

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bolognaMay. 4, 09 3:15 AM

Do the police vehicles have sirens to allert the public? Why do people seem to be more in favor of the criminal in this story? I'm confused... How about we just let felons do whatever they want, that should be safer for the public. IDIOTS!

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ELYMANMay. 4, 09 6:33 AM

High speed chase to get a High Def TV? Ha Ha Ha Ha. Get real, folks. There are times for 'high speed' chases, and times for none. This was the latter. Our police departments, especially Mpls, have so many procedural and discipline problems that you'd think we had the Keystone Kops, not the 'cops.'

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