Dallas police review suspect foot chase policy
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.