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SUSPECT USES TRUCK AS DEADLY WEAPON

SUSPECT USES TRUCK AS DEADLY WEAPON

Chasing after criminals and society’s scoundrels in the commission of a crime is a dangerous undertaking. Pursuing someone perceived to have violated another is a natural reaction. To law enforcement personnel, doing so is a matter of duty, part and parcel of their chosen profession. To do it competently, many spend years and years training for such scenarios, continually honing their skills to limit the risks to themselves and the community at large. Despite their best precautions the occupation of chasing down a suspect results in property damage, bodily injury and sometimes death. Because of the statistics surrounding police chases, the practice has been criticized.

In the cases that we have observed, a chase occurs because the person(s), for reasons yet unknown, have taken action to evade authorities. Sitting in the officer’s driver seat the reason for the evasiveness is often unclear. The spectrum of possibilities include an unpaid ticket, a revoked license, grand theft, robbery or other capital crimes. Apprehending the suspect is often the only way in which the reasons they have fled could be ascertained.

THIEF’S FOOT SLIPS, FAILS TO STICK HIS LANDING
In this first clip, a foot chase ensues after the suspect was spotted taking something from the victim’s car. An attempt to question him turned into a foot chase, which ended in the suspect getting in a terrible situation that required medical attention. For its instructive value, it shows the viewer why law enforcement personnel are required to be in great physical shape. It was a chase made for a blockbuster action movie. See for yourself.

NOTE: The claims and inferences made on the video has not been independently verified. It appears to have been a genuine foot chase, but the possibility exists that it was a stunt gone bad. VIEW VIDEO CLIP

HIGH SPEED CHASES ACCOUNT FOR HALF OF ALL DEATHS
“More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions, often for minor infractions, a USA TODAY analysis shows. The bystanders and the passengers in chased cars account for nearly half of all people killed in police pursuits from 1979 through 2013, USA TODAY found. Most bystanders were killed in their own cars by a fleeing driver. Police across the USA chase tens of thousands of people each year — usually for traffic violations or misdemeanors — often causing drivers to speed away recklessly. Recent cases show the danger of the longstanding police practice of chasing minor offenders.” CONTINUE READ

WONDERS OF THE IGNITION SHUT-OFF DEVICE
The best chases are the ones where the police have devised the trap, ensnaring the criminals with an “ignition shut-off device” installed in a vehicle. Most of the cases were impulsive and opportunistic actions to commit crime thought to be beyond consequence. Until, that is, the car stops in the middle of the road and is instantly surrounded by officers with their weapons drawn. There is nothing else to do but to follow the age old command by apprehending officers, “assume the position!” VIEW VIDEO

SHOCKING POLICE CHASES & CRASHES
Unfortunately, the destruction of property, injury of innocent bystanders and death as a result of police chases will continue into the future. That will be the case for as long as there are criminals who prey upon the weak and innocent. There is ample data to show that running away from authorities have a very slim statistical chance of succeeding. Yet, there will be irrational individuals counseled by raw stupidity or mind altering substances who will choose the option of fleeing. To contrast the USAToday’s article above, here is a show that puts the viewer in a chasing officer’s perspective. Much of the footage were taken by cameras mounted inside the police cruisers or by camera crews high above in helicopters. It gives a glimpse of the dangers involved. These particular chases were selected for a G-Rated audience and does not include images to show the gory possibilities of a vehicular crash at very high speeds. VIEW VIDEO

A VEHICLE AS A DEADLY WEAPON
A utility truck in the hands of an individual intent on harming people is a dangerous weapon. In this video, a police cruiser blocking the suspect’s path is rammed in the driver’s side with an officer still at the wheel. The impact caused massive damage on the driver’s side, violently pushing the cruiser some 50 feet. The force of the impact clearly injured the officer and could have ignited a fire while he was inside. It was clear from the video that the suspect had intentionally accelerated the vehicle to injure the officer. This film tends to show the reason why officers fire their weapons at a driver who does not heed their commands to stop. Often, they are the only persons standing between a crazed person behind a wheel and a crowd of innocent bystanders. No information is available about the officer in the rammed police cruiser. We, nevertheless, give our due respect and appreciation for those who wear the badge and keep our communities safe. VIEW VIDEO

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