The Chicago Police Department has unveiled a new policy prohibiting its officers from chasing people on foot simply because they run away, or because they have committed minor offenses.
If a criminal has a gun and can run fast, he has it made.
The new policy encourages cops to “consider alternatives” to pursuing someone who “is visibly armed with a firearm.”
The policy says that law enforcement should consider if the offender can be pursued by alternate means. Alternate means include the use of “tactical and technological apprehension efforts.”
SOARING CRIME RATES SO LESS POLICING?
Officers will only launch foot pursuits when the need to arrest outweighs the risk of following. This new Marxist policy was put forward despite soaring crime rates.
Officers are allowed to pursue a suspect on foot if they are committing or are about to commit a felony or Class A misdemeanor, [or a] traffic offense that endangers the physical risks of others” or if criminals have or are about to commit an “arrest-able offense.”
Police will be permitted to pursue suspects who are engaging or about to engage in: battery, assault, unlawful use of weapons, and criminal residence trespassing, among others.
Officers will not be allowed to pursue suspects if they are or are about to commit simple assault. Suspects can also trespass and drink publicly, among other things. They can commit simple thefts too. They just have to run or wield a gun to get away.
Superintendent David Brown said the policy, although seemingly radical, isn’t new to law enforcement, but new to the Chicago PD.
He said it’s to keep community members and officers safe.
Chicago 5 reports, “Perhaps most significantly, the policy makes clear that the days of officers giving chase just because someone tries to avoid them are over.”
Crime is up 34% in Chicago in one year.