Here are a few points made during this debate:
- CHIEF BILL McSWEENEY: Says that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has a policy prohibiting a single patrol Deputy from chasing and challenging a suspect on foot. The Department policy says that they are not to physically engage the suspect so as not to endanger the officer or the suspect.
- DET. ROY BURNS, LASD (ret) Points out that in Compton, the 4th most dangerous city in America, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department only has one officer assigned to each patrol car. He says foot pursuit ban is not needed due to the fact it has been over 20 years since the last LASD Deputy was killed in a foot pursuit and only four in the last 50 years.
- CAPTAIN: KEN HILLMAN: Says management should “never restrict officers from doing their duty" and then asks..."what kind of a message does that send to the community and to gang members?” “Do we really want our officers only to be a clean up crew to crime scenes?”
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