Chicago police will no longer be allowed to chase people on foot

The new policy gives the department permanent rules about when officers can and can't engage in an activity that can endanger themselves, those they're chasing and bystanders.

15 comments

Best
dreamWeaver82
dreamWeaver82
472 · 6 days ago · Reddit

This has been posted like 5 times. They can still chase people committing serious crimes.

conjoby
conjoby
177 · 6 days ago · Reddit

They can't chase people JUST for running. Meaning running away is officially not suspicious behavior or probable cause or whatever the fuck.

If they see you prying open a car door and then you start running away because they saw you they aren't just gonna go "oh man he ran, checkmate us"

LCDJosh
LCDJosh
78 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Honest question. Why is the discussion always "cops are lazy and aren't doing enough to solve crime". And not "why are more and more people finding it socially acceptable to commit crime and what can we do as a society to stop it?".

LoriLeadfoot
LoriLeadfoot
43 · 6 days ago · Reddit

We have too many posts about this, but at least this one includes the most relevant detail.

G_I_Joe_Mansueto
G_I_Joe_Mansueto
40 · 6 days ago · Reddit

It's pretty depressing when even NPR has horrible clickbait headlines.

Demea-
Demea-
37 · 6 days ago · Reddit

The idea that cops shouldn't chase people who are simply trying to avoid them without any other probably cause seems pretty reasonable, but then also forbidding cops from chasing people who commit "minor offenses" seems questionable. Under this policy, can police chase someone who snatched a phone or purse and ran off?

For perspective, I sent this to a friend who is a police officer in the suburbs, and they (partially) responded with this: "If society doesn't want us to chase people anymore I guess I'll just be paid pretty well to watch someone run away."

Status-Fox
Status-Fox
19 · 6 days ago · Reddit

The videos of people running to evade public drinking tickets almost outweighs how lawless this feels

jesus_mary_joe
jesus_mary_joe
16 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Bunch of idiots on here who didn't read the article acting like this is going to turn us into Gotham City. The threat of being chased by a cop is not a deterrent to anyone committing a class B or C misdemeanor. And foot chases are the most dangerous and least efficient way to bring charges to minor offenders The cop definitely has a description of the suspect at that point. File a report. Gather witnesses. Get an arrest warrant if you can.

Hell, a lot of the time with B or C misdemeanors, PDs (or victims if there are victims) don't even bother bringing charges to court. Foot chases dramatically increase the chance for injury and death to both cop and suspect. Why risk that with less serious offenses?

monkeysknowledge
monkeysknowledge
14 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Anyone who’s met a Chicago cop knows they are probably ok with this. Just don’t create an independent civilian review board.

RunnerTexasRanger
RunnerTexasRanger
11 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Seems like a way to incentivize an increase in minor offenses and thefts.

dingo8muhbebe
dingo8muhbebe
7 · 6 days ago · Reddit

As if they ever chased anyone on foot anyways… lazy bastards never even leave their cars except to shoot.

Takoyaki_00
Takoyaki_00
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

This will only add fuel to the fire and encourage everyone to run away. Do you think the offender cares if it’s a minor/​major offense?

This new protocol will give many overworked officers an internal conflict on if they should or shouldn’t pursue on foot.

This does nothing for law abiding citizens and favors criminals of every caliber.

rolledricky
rolledricky
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

officers may give chase if they believe a person is committing or is about to commit a felony, a Class A misdemeanor such as domestic battery, or a serious traffic offense that could risk injuring others, such as drunken driving or street racing.

WildcatEngineer13
WildcatEngineer13
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

So glad Chicago is adopting the policies of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Portland. Three cities with great control of crime. /s

AngelJ5
AngelJ5
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Police chief: hey our cops CAN run, but being Chicagoans who eat 85% hot dogs and Italian beef, they’re not in great shape, any way you could help us out here?

DA: say no more fam, I gotchu