Whether you’re anti- or pro-police, you have to admit that there are few jobs more difficult than being a police officer.
Split-second decision making as the head of a major corporation can lead to countless dollars being saved or lost.
Split-second decision making as a police officer can lead to lives being saved or lost.
Lost dollars can always be regained. A lost life is gone forever.
Unfortunately for police officers in Sacramento, California, their jobs just became even more difficult, thanks to some asinine paper pushing from elected officials.
According to KTVU, a new Sacramento Police Department policy will discourage on-foot police chases.
Ignoring the potential ramifications of a new California crime wave involving criminals on roller skates, the city of Sacramento is asking its police officers to constantly second-guess themselves.
According to the policy, “officers must consider their own safety, danger to the public and suspect and the importance of making an arrest.”
“Police are required to constantly consider their surroundings and reevaluate the chase if the suspect enters a building, enclosed space or dangerous terrain. They also must consider whether they have other officers backing them up,” KTVU reported.
Yes, let’s add even more for an adrenaline-fueled police officer’s brain to process in the midst of a life-or-death situation.
That makes total sense.
Officers must also start their body cameras and explicitly state why they are chasing the suspect and a description of the suspect whilst proceeding with the chase.
The new policy shift comes in direct response after the polarizing death of Stephon Clark.
Per Fox News‘ timeline, Clark was fatally shot by two police officers after running away from them despite orders to stop on March 18.
Clark’s death drew mainstream attention and prompted numerous protests and rallies after it was reported that he had been shot eight times in the back.
The two officers involved in Clark’s death claimed that despite calls for Clark to show his hands, he reached for what they believed could’ve been a gun.
Subsequent reports showed that Clark had reached for his phone.
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