CHICAGO — Chicago police officers will no longer be allowed to chase people on foot simply because they run away or give chase over minor offenses, the department said Tuesday, more than a year after two foot pursuits ended with officers fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy and 22-year-old man.
The new policy adheres closely to a draft policy put in place after those shootings and gives the department something it has never had: permanent rules about when officers can and can't engage in an activity that can endanger themselves, those they're chasing and bystanders.
«The safety of our community members and our officers remain at the core of this new foot pursuit policy,» Superintendent David Brown said in a statement announcing the policy, which will be implemented by the end of the summer. «We collaborated internally with our officers and externally with our residents to develop a policy we all have a stake in.»
Here is the very funny response made by Barstool Chicago on the matter.
Kids today, man. They have it so easy. This City has a long and storied history with crime. Arguably Chicago's most famous icon after Michael Jordan is Al Capone. If you told Al Capone that police were not allowed to chase you he'd look at you like you were fucking insane and not just because his brain was rotted by syphilis. There used to be "honor among thieves". They had respect for their craft because it took years and years of getting pinched, evading police, paying off police, and hiring teams of lawyers for piles and piles of their hard-earned laundered money. Now you don't need a lawyer to get out of a charge. You just need a track coach and a good pair of running shoes and it sounds like if you steal those running shoes the police aren't allowed to chase after you.
I have to say that while we should take this with a grain of salt because there are a lot of guidelines on what this rule stipulates, but this is still pretty funny...
Hopefully, this brings us closer to having a safer city in Chicago!