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  •  By the end of the chase, fear and panic (2+ / 0-)
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    winsock, jpmassar

    were understandable. But why did they flee in the first place?

    Obviously, running from the police doesn't merit being killed, but it does merit being chased by the police. And when things fell apart at the end, with the ramming of police cars, the result was tragic.

    Perhaps it's a question of technique. There is technology that can blow out tires and so on, reducing the risk of injury. Wasn't it possible to employ that technology here?

    In any case, it's a tragedy, and one in which I believe Timothy Russell deserves the lion's share of the blame. Why didn't he just pull the F over?

    What should the police do in a case like this, when after a lengthy chase, the driver, refusing to stop, apparently tries to kill police officers with his car? There's got to be a better way than just killing him (and his innocent passenger), but what is it?

    •  I think the key is to eliminate the (1+ / 0-)
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      "after a lengthy chase" part, if there's any possibility of others being put in danger.

      Some investigative work could probably track the driver down at a later time, especially if they have the license plate.  Much more sensible than continuing to chase someone a 100 mph IMHO.

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