07/05/2006

Pressure on Pa. police over chases

By JONATHAN D. SILVER
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania)
Copyright 2006 P.G. Publishing Co. 

In the past month, two high-profile police pursuits in Pittsburgh -- one ending with deaths, the other with serious injuries -- have triggered broad interest in the city's chase policy and whether it needs to be revised.

City Councilman Len Bodack wants Pittsburgh police officials to explain their policy at a public hearing. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has asked the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association to review the county's model pursuit policy that some departments use as a guideline. He has also informally discussed with state police the possibility of examining whether Pittsburgh's policy is on par with national standards.

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