By: Libor Jany and Jeff Hargarten, startribune.com
“There’s not a large number of crimes, or types of crimes, that warrant pursuing.” Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos
Minneapolis police are weighing new guidelines that would limit when and how officers can chase a suspect after a string of high-speed police pursuits that ended in crashes involving injuries and even death.
The debate comes after vehicle pursuits jumped about 25% from 2016 to 2018. Most were over quickly and lacked the headline-grabbing drama of chases in which bystanders were struck and killed by someone fleeing arrest. But many more result in property damage.
“In my opinion, there’s not a large number of crimes, or types of crimes, that warrant pursuing unless there’s some sort of danger to the public,” said Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos, one of the biggest champions of the proposed change.