August 14th, 2013
01:29 PM ET

Deadly Texas Police Chase

Six dead. All from one family. Four of them children. State troopers were pursuing a stolen pick-up truck Monday in Hidalgo County in Southern Texas. It blew through an intersection hitting several cars, CNN'a John Zarrella reports.

Last month outside Atlanta, another stolen vehicle. Another high speed chase captured on the dash cam...police say in excess of 100 miles per hour before the driver crashed. He's dead.

"He was creating the danger and we were trying to get him stopped," says Major Don Woodruff Duluth, GA Police

It seems we hear about high speed chases all the time. Often times the question is raised, are they really necessary?

A 1997 National Institute of Justice study found that beginning in the 90's a growing number of agencies were making their policies more restrictive, to chase only in response to a violent felony.

But here's the downside- researchers say most pursuits, as many as 90 percent, are still for non-violent crimes.

Not in Dallas which has one of the toughest chase policies in the nation and has reduced the number of deaths to police officers and civilians says former chief David Kunkle who instituted the changes.

"We wouldn't allow our officers to pursue people that didn't stop or took evasive action. We would keep them from chasing after those individuals and find other ways to catch em" says David Kunkle, Former Dallas Police Chief.

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  1. calvarado

    Thank you for bringing awareness to this topic. Here in GA its a problem a BIG problem, what even more upsetting is that the police continue to report to the media false information surrounding the chase in the video. The black car in the video was not stolen, and the police chased him for over five miles had ten cops chasing him and this was all in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday on a very busy highway. We don't know what the man in the black car was thinking, he was not right for running, he should of stopped. But what was the police thinking chasing him for over five miles during those conditions?

    August 17, 2013 at 12:42 am | Reply

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