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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:56 AM
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from the WTF dept? - S.C. Mayor Bans Police Pursuits on Foot
S.C. Mayor Bans Police Pursuits on Foot

The mayor of Wellford, S.C. is defending a policy she issued earlier this month which bans police officers from chasing suspects on foot, according to WSPA-TV.

On Sept. 2, Mayor Sallie Peake issued a memo to all of the city's officers that read: "As of this date, there are to be no more foot chases when a suspect runs. I do not want anyone chasing after any suspects whatsoever."

Peake told the news station that she issued the mandate because several officers have been injured during chases, driving up insurance costs for the town.

The city is paying $20,000 annually in workers' compensation claims, much of which goes to the police force, she said.

According to Wellford Police Chief Chris Guy, three officers have been injured during foot chases in the last two years

Guy has told his officers to abide by the policy and says they can still protect the public.

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/SC-M...

BRB, heading to SC for some, uh, shopping....
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:59 AM
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1. but it was kind of comical to watch that video of her defending her actions.
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:04 AM
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2. When I saw the subject line
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 08:05 AM by JohnyCanuck
I thought maybe overweight cops were dropping from heart attacks after too many coffee breaks in the doughnut shop.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:15 AM
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3. How soon before they get radios and police cars?
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:32 AM
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4. Maybe they should just take calls, then put ads in the paper asking perps to come in
to be arrested :)
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:35 AM
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5. Yeah, a continuous "amnety" program
That'll work

:hi:
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appamado amata padam Donating Member (301 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:37 AM
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6. By that logic,
they should just shut down the whole police department. It will save money for the city.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:41 AM
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7. What's with South Carolina
Always in the news!

I'll bet Florida's missing the attention tho.. :eyes:
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:36 PM
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12. Well, I will go to local 6 and find something for Florida for you
:)
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:24 PM
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16. Thanks
:P
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donquijoterocket Donating Member (357 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:48 PM
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13. mark twain
If Mark were still among us he might feel moved to revise his opinion that:When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it's always twenty years behind the times.Or maybe not, he might just append it to a whole list of other states.Between Sanford, Wilson and a whole host of others you'd think the residents of SC would be getting tired of being embarrassed.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:43 AM
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8. Want to bet shoot on sight is the new practice?
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:44 AM
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9. Ya gotta know Sallie.....

She's a piece of work. Popular enough to get re-elected too. Wellford was once the most notorious speed trap in the area, don't hear much of that now. Mebbe that's why they can't afford the comp?
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:01 AM
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10. She seems rather lively, reminds me of Bill Moss from the Columbus school board
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

He passed away back in 05 but while he was on the board was animated and a little off, but by doing so brought a lot of attention to the board and got more people involved.
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:03 AM
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11. A cop chasing someone on foot cannot run a red light and kill an innocent bystander. That is the
real reason for banning foot-chases.

In addition, the embarrassment of seeing fat, beer-gutted uniformed gangsters collapsing in the street from exhaustion would also give the department a(nother) bad image to live down.

Don't let the perps escape. I say, let them run (and die) in their pursuit of suspects. A win-win.
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Retrograde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:54 PM
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14. but people on foot can go where cars can't
Many years ago in San Francisco some bank robbers got away on bicycles because they went down some passageways too narrow for cars. People on foot can do the same thing if they know the area well.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:59 PM
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15. Dont be ridiculous...
those police cruisers are every versatile...I've seen them drive on two wheels to fit through an alley, race through shopping malls, drive up stairways and fire escapes :sarcasm: Shit, though, it would be cool if they could do some of that stuff, except maybe the whole driving through the mall a la Blues Brothers thing.
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Harry Monroe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:35 PM
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17. Can they at least get the poor bastards Segways? (Not Subways)
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