Dal­las po­lice re­view sus­pect foot chase pol­icy

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - From wire ser­vices

Po­lice in Dal­las are plan­ning to im­ple­ment a new pol­icy on chas­ing sus­pects by foot months af­ter a sus­pect was killed dur­ing a chase.

The Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported that a new pol­icy is ex­pected to go into ef­fect early next year. Of­fi­cers will be told not to keep chas­ing mul­ti­ple sus­pects if they are alone or lose their weapon. They will also be in­structed not to split up to chase more than one sus­pect.

Chief David Brown said he has asked dif­fer­ent of­fi­cers how they would han­dle a foot chase and got­ten dif­fer­ent an­swers.

“All of the veter­ans said, ‘We’re go­ing to catch one. He’s go­ing to tell us where the other three are,’” Brown said. Rookie of­fi­cers said, “We’re go­ing to chase all of them.”

The de­part­ment de­cided to write a new pol­icy af­ter an of­fi­cer shot 31-year-old James Harper dur­ing a July foot chase.

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