Stop Dangerous Police Pursuits The JFP Editorial Board urges suburban police districts to adopt stricter and safer police-pursuit policies—and to stop spreading the danger into other jurisdictions.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is reviewing policies of the Madison Police Department after its officers engaged in a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Jackson on Sunday, Feb. The chase of auto-burglary suspects, which began at the Jackson Target store at approximately 2 p. The Madison officers had no arrest powers for an alleged crime that occurred in the city of Jackson.
There was no request for assistance to investigate a crime in Jackson," JPD said in a statement. The pursuit continued, ending close to South Gallatin Street where the pursuit caused a second accident in which a truck slammed into a building. A bystander was injured as well. Vance told the Jackson Free Press that the Madison police pursuit of auto-burglary suspects was too dangerous for the pursuit of suspects in a non-violent crime. If they are willing to shoot one person they may be willing to shoot somebody else.
So again, the public would be in greater danger if someone was running loose who had just shot somebody as opposed to if they had broken into somebody's car. The suspects allegedly stole credit cards and used them at a Target store in north Jackson that same day. That Sunday, Madison police received a call from the Target store's loss-prevention team notifying them that the suspects had returned. Upon seeing the Madison police, the suspects fled, and the chase ensued.
Investigators with the Madison police are currently working to link the suspects with auto burglaries from their corresponding jurisdictions. A Safety Question Vance said that the issue goes beyond the jurisdictional question; the main issue is one of public safety.
He said JPD limits its pursuits to violent crimes. Several police pursuits in Mississippi over the last few years for suspects in non-violent crimes resulted in individuals being injured or killed. On the morning of Feb. Both the suspects and the police were driving close to miles per hour on the busy streets. Just last month, a two-car collision resulted after police chased two teenagers through Starkville for fleeing from police on Feb.
Advocacy groups such as Chico, Calif. These often occur because policies are insufficient and between jurisdictions, and because the public and police officers spend too little time considering the consequences and high costs in lives of such pursuits.
While the Madison Police Department continues its investigation of the auto burglaries, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is pursuing an independent investigation into the Madison Police Department, as JPD requested. The facts that have been presented to date did not show that a criminal act occurred that would justify a high speed chase," JPD said when announcing the MBI investigation of Madison police. Sanders said that upon Madison officers' arrival at the Target store, a Jackson police car was already parked in the parking lot.
This led Madison police officers to believe that Jackson police were already aware of the situation. Madison dispatch had contacted the Jackson police prior to Madison police's arrival, Sanders said. However, Jackson police say that Madison made no request for assistance to investigate a crime in Jackson and that JPD officers were only contacted after Madison police were already on the scene at the Target store and initiating a high-speed chase.
Is what you're chasing this person for worth putting the public in some type of risk?