Cleveland Police Chief Announces New Chase Policy

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Cleveland’s police department is setting new guidelines dictating when officers can chase suspects.

The new policy made public Thursday comes more than a year after a chase involving more than 100 officers and 60 squad cars.

The pursuit ended with the deaths of two apparently unarmed people.

Cleveland’s police chief says the revamped policy was in the works before that deadly chase in November 2012. But he adds what happened did impact the new guidelines.

One big change is a limit on how many squad cars can get involved in a chase without being authorized by a supervisor.

The chief says officers still will be able to chase someone suspected of a violent felony or drunken driving.

He also says there will be clear guidelines on when to end pursuit.

  • DB Hoster

    It’s about sweet time they began to consider GUIDELINES for these high-speed innocent-bystander-killing-fests. It’s literally been like Hazzard County for the last several decades with innocents being mown down like gangbusters with Roscoe P. Coltrain at the wheel. No ~ really.

    And it ain’t just Cleveland.