By: Paul Little, www.nxherald.co.nz
A quick look at police pursuits in New Zealand.
In March three people were killed near Nelson as the result of a police pursuit of a vehicle. Two of the dead were being chased, the third was the person they crashed into, who was described in reports as “uninvolved in the chase”.
Except that they were.
If you can describe someone who’s been killed in a police chase as uninvolved, then you don’t really understand what’s going on when cops pursue someone. The police were also involved, but none of them were killed. They seldom are. But other people increasingly are. Last week and 15-year-old and a 12-year-old lost their lives while being pursued by police. “Fleeing driver events” as they are called to shift attention away from the police’s part in them, have increased by 80 percent between 2012 and 2017.
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