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Michigan Legislator Calls for Changes in Police Pursuit Policy Following Detroit Tragedy

June 30, 2015  | 

The driver of this Camaro was being pursued by Detroit officers last week when he plowed into a group of children and killed two. (Photo: Screen shot from WXYZ TV)
The driver of this Camaro was being pursued by Detroit officers last week when he plowed into a group of children and killed two. (Photo: Screen shot from WXYZ TV)

Last week's high-speed police pursuit that left two children dead and three other kids injured in an east-side Detroit neighborhood has some officials and organizations calling for tighter policies governing when and why officers may initiate a chase.

National statistics show Michigan — which averaged more than two deaths a month last year in police chases — is one of the deadliest states when it comes to the number of people killed in pursuits.

Pursuit policies vary greatly among state, county and local police agencies in Michigan. Detroit's policy, which outlines restrictions over when a pursuit may be initiated, is relatively restrictive in comparison with the Michigan State Police, which leaves it up to the discretion of the individual trooper, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In last Wednesday's incident, a driver running from Detroit police sped into a residential neighborhood, where the car jumped a curb, ran over two small children on scooters, careened into three more kids and plowed into a house. The two children on scooters were killed and the others injured, one critically. The driver was arrested.


Video: Suspect Fleeing Detroit Police at High Speed Hits 6 Children, Kills 2

Comments (9)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/30/2015 3:53 PM

Hey Michigan Legislators how about blaming the perps just once instead of the police. I knew when I read the first article exactly what the knee jerk reaction was going to be. Why do you think that the perps did this? For show, I don't think so, they knew exactly what would happen and they are laughing their a*****s off right now.

Tschako @ 6/30/2015 7:14 PM

As usual, it's all the fault of the officers, or department policy. How about some responsibility for the one who killed the kids?

Kevin @ 7/1/2015 4:19 AM

While I firmly believe there should be restrictions on when police can and cannot chase, no one addresses the underlying issue. Once again, the police are being held responsible for the 'bad guy's" actions. The violator never seems to get blamed for the things he/she does, but the police 'tote the note' for the bad outcome.

S.S. @ 7/1/2015 7:30 AM

How the hell are the officer's at fault. It's those p.o.s. that run and try to evade. But it is the officer's fault. WOW!

Bull321 @ 7/1/2015 8:35 AM

In 16 years of service I have never once initiated a chase. I've initiated hundreds of vehicle stops but never once a chase. The driver/suspect makes the choice to stop or run. Instead of putting more restrictions on the officers, why don't the law makers put some serious teeth in the law for those that choose the put the general public life at risk by running from the police???? Just asking. . . . . . . .

bo2234 @ 7/1/2015 11:56 AM

These less-than-stellar citizens weren't running from a speeding ticket. They were seen with a gun in the car, something any (if they want to be called police) department would and should allow a pursuit for. Again, blame the one that ran. I'm sure the brakes worked fine.

Texas @ 7/1/2015 2:54 PM

I believe they are holding the man who killed the kids. He was charged with murder. I don't think people are blaming the cops, I believe the people are looking at better ways to handle car chases. Even the supervisor told the cop to "stop" the chase. This is not a bad thing, so please don't take it as so.

longtimecop @ 7/1/2015 3:54 PM

Here's a thought; failing to stop = felony conviction with a two year minimum. If the pursuit results in injury or death = twenty year minimum. The problem? Judges don't have the guts to enforce it.

Tom Ret @ 7/31/2015 7:44 AM

If the public doesn't back the police in their attempt to pursue and apprehend, it shouldn't be surprising then when the bad guys who don't want to go to jail
speed off. Bad guys will injure and kill innocents whether the cops chase them or not. The blanket no chase policies are akin to the police in Baltimore standing around watching impotently while the rioters burn and pillage. Forcing the police there to be risk averse has led to skyrocketing murder and mayhem.
No officer in his or her right mind will put their life and career on the line for trying to bring the bad guys to justice when the public looks for an excuse to crucifying them if something goes wrong. The argument of how many people have been killed while involved in police chases never takes in account how many lives and property were saved as a result of the bad guys being stopped. The no chase policies will lead to more crime as the criminals are embolden.

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