Fatal police pursuits raise policy questions


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A crash that killed a family of three in Jefferson County has raised questions about whether the benefits of police chases outweigh the risk to the public.

In the most recent case, suspects fleeing police this week ran a red light and smashed into a Hanceville family of three. They were all killed instantly.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/OdrL4y ) that it was at least the sixth case in Jefferson County this year when a member of the public died at the hands of a person fleeing police.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said society wants criminals apprehended but doesn't want citizens or officers hurt. He said the challenge is to capture criminals without unnecessarily endangering life.


Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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