Watch: Chicago's New Law Makes Crime-Life Even Easier

By Mark Gruber | Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:00
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The Chicago Police Department declared it will no longer chase fleeing suspects in certain cases as crime grows in the Windy City.

The department declared the new policy at a Tuesday press conference and said it will go into effect after "every officer is trained," Superintendent David Brown said.

"There's a few clarifications that officers need to be aware before we hold them accountable," Brown announced on Tuesday.

Although he did not go into specifics of what officers required clarification on, Brown stressed that the new policy made it "safer" for his cops and "enhances law enforcement to do their job."

The superintendent stressed that 25 officers have already been shot or shot at this year, and the new foot pursuit policy would assist in eliminating potentially dangerous physical interactions with law enforcement and suspects, particularly armed assailants.

The new policy summarizes the limited times when a foot pursuit is permissible as long as it overshadows the possible harms to an officer or risks public safety.

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One of the examples includes when a suspect is "committing a felony, Class A misdemeanor, [or a] traffic offense that endangers the physical risks of others" or if criminals have or are about to commit an "arrest-able offense."

Officers will be allowed to pursue suspects who are engaging or about to engage in: battery, assault, unlawful use of weapons, and criminal residence trespassing, among others.

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Although police have to refrain from foot pursuits in case of: public drinking, land trespassing, and simple assault, the policy read.

Law enforcement will have to have reasonable suspicion is committing a crime that endangers the public before pursuing the suspect on foot.

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"The safety of our community members and our officers remains at the core of this new foot pursuit policy," Brown announced at the press conference on Tuesday.

Crime in the city has increased 34 percent of this year. Theft, burglary, and robbery are all up significantly at 65, 31, and 21 percent, respectively.

Brown declared the new policy, as radical as it may seem, is actually not new to law enforcement, simply new to Chicago.

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"There's a lot of departments that have foot pursuit policies and there's new policies being put in from other departments," he announced, although not specifying which departments he was basing the new policy off of. "There's a lot of data out there to inform us on what foot pursuit do."

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Brown declared there was two things foot pursuit policy do to help law enforcement. One benefit is "help keep officers safe" and help the department "train officers."

"At the end [of a foot pursuit], is obviously a lot of physicality between the suspects and officers. Once you chase someone, now you have to put them in custody, so oftentimes that leads to a lot of physicality. Officers getting injured, suspects getting injured, innocent bystanders get injured," he stated.

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