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Raleigh family hopes teen daughter’s death changes high-speed police pursuit policies

PFC Chief Advocate, Jonathan Farris, speaks with the news. A terrific story by WNCN reporter and anchor, Sean Maroney. @WNCN Raleigh family hopes teen daughter’s death changes high-speed police pursuit policies Original story and VIDEO  RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – They’re eye-catching, dramatic and unexpected – high-speed chases between criminals and police. But it’s the people caught

December 10, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, 2017!

Holiday Greetings from our family, our companies and our advocacy. Wishing you peace, happiness, a fantastic holiday season and a joyous 2018​.​   Original photograph and card design by Jon Farris. Photo taken while wandering around the Wisconsin countryside.

December 10, 2017

Revised MPD pursuit policy now in effect

Excellent story by reporter Evan Kruegel at Milwaukee’s CBS 58. Posted: Sep 22, 2017 6:48 PM CDT             Original story here   Milwaukee Police officers now have the authority to chase vehicles driving recklessly or involved in mobile drug dealing. Those revisions to the department’s pursuit policy went into effect Friday September 22nd.

September 23, 2017

Milwaukee weakens pursuit policy

PFC Chief Advocate Jonathan Farris spoke to the MFPC several times, but that did nothing to change their minds. Under severe pressure from Milwaukee Aldermen, the Commissioners threatened to fire Police Chief Edward Flynn unless he loosened Milwaukee’s excellent police chase policies. The Chief was left no alternative. Only time will tell how many additional

September 8, 2017

“Closure”

By Grieving Dad’s author, Kelly Farley 8/25/2017 Original blog at https://grievingdads.com/blog/2017/08/25/closure-by-kelly-farley/ “Closure” Losing a child is the hardest thing you will ever do. You would trade places with your child. In an instant. But you can’t. Instead, you ask questions, and there are no answers. Only silence. You miss them. You love them. But that doesn’t

August 29, 2017

Why MFPC Wants More Police Pursuits

It is my personal opinion that this is a case of a Commission ceding to City Alders’ pressure. Departmental micromanagement by MFPC and a forced weakening of a strong policy, such as currently mandated, will most certainly result in more deaths of innocent Milwaukee citizens.  -Jonathan Farris, Chief Advocate, Pursuit For Change Here is the

August 24, 2017

Highway Patrol mum on deadly US 23/74 wreck report

By Kimberly King http://wlos.com/news/local/highway-patrol-mum-on-deadly-us-2374-wreck-report Highway Patrol mum on deadly US 23/74 wreck report HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — The latest report on a deadly Haywood County wreck involving a North Carolina State Trooper is drawing strong reactions from many News 13 viewers. The report said Trooper Hunter Hooper was traveling 115 mph just moments before he

August 24, 2017

WINx 2017

by Chief Advocate Jonathan Farris I am honored to speaking at the October 2017 WINx event in Appleton, WI. More to follow. http://www.experiencewinx.com/jon-farris #WINx PursuitResponse Pursuit4Change

August 17, 2017

Preserving Our Memories

May the memories of our children remain forever… Jack Phoenix, a.k.a. SAKE, was the victim of a hit and run in 2015. He was crossing Venice Blvd at 8:30 pm on a Sunday night. Police were chasing a stolen car at high speed. There were no lights, no sirens. “TO SERVE AND PROTECT”. He was

August 6, 2017

Statement for the Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission

by Jonathan Farris Chief Advocate, Pursuit For Change On July 27, 2017 Mr. Farris drove to Milwaukee to address the MFPC. Below is his statement.   “Today, again, I drove here for an opportunity to address this Commission regarding the issue of police pursuits. Pursuit For Change is an organization focusing on pursuit policies, legislation, technology and

July 28, 2017

Reducing police pursuits while supporting LEO’s

Original article located at the Pursuit Response website http://www.pursuitresponse.org/reducing-police-pursuits-supporting-leos/ Reducing police pursuits while supporting LEO’s By Jonathan Farris, Chief Advocate, Pursuit for Change Vehicular chases and police pursuit policies are issues often left on the back burner until a bystander or officer is injured or killed. I know this all too well. While recently speaking

July 18, 2017

Grand Jury: Los Angeles Police Pursuits Cause ‘Unnecessary’ Injuries, Deaths

July 11, 2017 Original Story: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/07/11/grand-jury-police-pursuit/ LOS ANGELES (AP) – A grand jury has found police chases in Los Angeles are causing “unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths” and recommended police and sheriff’s officers undergo additional training to reduce the likelihood of crashes during pursuits, according to a report released Tuesday. The Los Angeles County civil grand

July 12, 2017

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

Please see the original article located at Police Magazine http://www.policemag.com/channel/vehicles/articles/2017/06/managing-high-speed-pursuits.aspx Managing High-Speed Pursuits By Samuel Kirchhoff High-speed police pursuits can be deadly for police officers, innocent bystanders, and suspects. A 2015 USA Today article reports that from 1979 to 2013, 139 police officers were killed during or as a result of high-speed pursuits. During that same

June 21, 2017

What’s Driving Complacency In Police Pursuits

From @PursuitResponse By Chuck Deakins, Pursuit Trainer What a tragic year 2016 was for law enforcement line of duty deaths involving ambush, violent assaults and firearms. Depending on the source that you use, LODDs due to firearms are up a staggering 61 percent to 83 percent over 2015, while overall LODDs are up 12 percent to

June 21, 2017

Ten Years

Ten Years By Jonathan Farris, Chief Advocate, Pursuit For Change   OK, here goes. I need to talk. On May 27, 2007 our oldest son Paul was killed in a vehicle crash. Some days it seems like yesterday. Other days it doesn’t even seem real. Walid Chahine, the driver of the taxi in which Paul was riding, succumbed

May 22, 2017

Editorial: Don’t put innocent lives in danger with high-speed police chases

By the St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial Board Posted on May 11, 2017 A 9-year-old boy died Friday from injuries in a high-speed police chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into his family’s car near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The mother of one of three men killed in a police chase in

May 11, 2017

Rocks 4 Rose

Remember this name and this date by Jon Farris, Chief Advocate – Pursuit For Change Rose Capela DeAngelis-Bio May 25, 2017 Rose should have turned 18 on this day, if she was still alive.  But Rose, like so many other innocent victims, was killed as the result of a police chase once again gone horribly wrong.

May 8, 2017

Too Many Police Chases End This Way

We know there are so many safer means for apprehending drivers who flee from police. We need law enforcement to embrace new technology and safer tactics. POLICE PURSUIT STARTS IN LEHI, ENDS WITH ROLLOVER OF BLUFFDALE OFFICER’S AUTO Author Deanna Wagner 30 April, 2017 A Bluffdale police officer suffered minor injuries after his auto crashed

April 30, 2017

Police chases not worth risk of tragedy

Here’s an article published the day of Paul Farris’ death. So tell me, exactly what’s changed in 2016? Police chases not worth risk of tragedy May 31, 2007 by Margery Eagan Boston Globe Columnist “Here’s yet another question: would you prefer someone driving through Boston erratically at 40 mph, or chased by police, at 70

March 25, 2017

She questioned police version of sister’s death – then fought for the truth

It is a simple and horrible fact that #PoliceChases affect families across the US every single day. The following note is from a dear friend who lost her sister. We have included the full article by Charlotte Observer reporter Bruce Henderson. I thought you might be interested in an article published yesterday in the Charlotte Observer.

March 14, 2017

NY Police Chases – A Review

Excellent article from the USA Today affiliated Democrat & Chronicle March 3, 2017 Written by John R. Roby (JROBY@pressconnects.com) and Sean Lahman (SLahman@Gannett.com) Original article at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/03/03/police-chase-deaths/98402556/   Local policies see sharp reduction in dangerous police pursuits   An average of five New Yorkers die each year, a USA Today Network analysis of federal crash data finds. Wochit A police

March 6, 2017

Tech, Tech & More Tech!

Another great article about pursuit reduction technology in action. Original story New police tech looks like something from a Batman movie BYRON, GEORGIA (WCIV) — by Jon Bruce Thursday, February 2nd 2017 High speed police chases are among the most dangerous circumstances a law enforcement officer can face. They pose a risk not just for

February 9, 2017

We Need Much Stricter Sentencing Guidelines for Police Chases

Picture this. A man runs from the police, with four kids in his car, failing to stop when ordered. He strikes an innocent motorist and then careens into a bike rider, killing him. Our justice system seems to think that this behavior and outcome deserves SEVEN years in prison. Really? Mr. Graham’s family and friends were sentenced

February 5, 2017

Allegheny County police departments revisit high-speed chase policies

by JACOB TIERNEY Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, 12:16 a.m. The small Fawn Township Police Department doesn’t get involved in many high-speed car chases, but Chief Tim Mayberry remembers chasing down a suspect last year who was wanted in a break-in. “It went to speeds of over 100 mph,” he said. “If I had to do

January 15, 2017

StarChase system could help police end high-speed chases quickly

ORIGINAL ARTICLE at Motor Authority 12/16/2016 by Kirk Bell What’s the best kind of high-speed chase? The one that doesn’t happen, or at least the one that is over quickly. A pursuit aid called StarChase may help the police end pursuits quickly. StarChase LLC has released the third generation of its Star Chase GPS Launcher system, and

December 20, 2016

Only Us

The following is a blog by Kelly Farley, the author of Grieving Dads: To The Brink And Back. Kelly lost two children. He provides excellent insight to the difficulties of managing our lives after the loss of a child. Here’s a link to Kelly’s website and this particular blog. I also recommend that you purchase

December 16, 2016

Too Many LEO Deaths

Last night yet another police officer was gunned down by a man using children as a shield. http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/us/tacoma-officer-shot/ This officer represents the 132nd LEO killed in 2016, and there is still a month left in the year. I really hope more people begin to get riled up about the loss of police officers’ lives, too, because it and they truly matter. So,

December 1, 2016

Investigators continue to piece deadly chase and crash together

Investigators continue to piece deadly chase and crash together Updated: 6:02 PM EST Nov 28, 2016 Bob Hazen   Reporter NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. —Four days after a police chase ended with three people killed in North Versailles, investigators continue to piece together what led up to the deadly crash. Surveillance video from a business along Route

November 29, 2016

Relationships. Knowledge. Inner Peace

Nov. 14, 2016 Pursuit For Change Chief Advocate, Jon Farris, will be attending WINx 2016 in Chicago this week.  During the past few years I’ve been significantly more engaged with the law enforcement community. I have to say that the more time I spend with these professionals, the more I am able to balance my perspective about

November 14, 2016

NEVER. STOP. PUSHING.

MA police department testing GPS darts to deter chases by: Stephanie Coueignoux, Jason Solowski Updated: Oct 31, 2016 – 11:04 PM http://www.fox25boston.com/news/mass-police-department-testing-gps-darts-to-deter-police-chases/462545205 BOSTON – There’s a new high tech device that could help cut back on dangerous police pursuits.  It’s called StarChase and one local police department is the first in New England to equip

November 2, 2016

10 Birthdays

10 Birthdays by Jonathan Farris I live in a different world than many of you. For ten years my spouse and I have taken November 2nd as a remembrance day. As a rest day. Generally as a be-by-ourselves day. Our son Paul should be celebrating his 33rd birthday on November 2nd, but because of a truly

November 1, 2016

Thank you, Officer

Saying Thanks by Jonathan Farris I’m an advocate. I work to reduce bystander and officer injuries and deaths caused during pursuits. As a result I typically focus on pursuits gone wrong or those I consider to be dangerous or unnecessary. However, please do not think that I harbor ill will to the law enforcement community. I do not.

October 13, 2016

The Tears You Can’t Control

by Jonathan Farris I’m not a fan of surprises. Not in business and not in my personal life. But as a dad whose son was killed in 2007, my personal life continues to serve up an endless sea of surprises – often in the form of tears. It doesn’t matter that Paul died nearly ten years ago. It

September 20, 2016

IACP Annual Conference

Pursuit For Change Chief Advocate, Jonathan Farris, will be attending the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego. Please contact him at Jon@PursuitForChange.org if you are attending and able to meet and visit. Jon will also attend this year’s Highway Safety Awards Breakfast on October 18th. We hope to see you there. Learn more about the conference at http://www.theiacpconference.org

September 13, 2016

The Never-Talked-About Costs of Police Chases

Each day we read about many police chases. A huge number of those are to pursue stolen vehicles.  Chasing a stolen car or truck ALWAYS puts innocent bystanders at risk of injury or death. At Pursuit For Change we talk about that issue all the time. And as a result, we continue to push for stricter pursuit policies

August 25, 2016

Examine police pursuit policies!

The author of this insightful Op Ed is my dear friend and supporter, Ellen Deitz Tucker.  Every similar fatality should make us examine police pursuit policies Posted Jul 27, 2016 http://www.gastongazette.com/opinion/20160727/every-similar-fatality-should-make-us-examine-police-pursuit-policies Last Saturday I joined the crowd celebrating Belmont’s dedication of a beautiful riverfront park to the memory of Kevin Loftin, a former mayor who dedicated countless

August 1, 2016

USA Op Ed: My Pursuit To Reduce Police Chases

  My original submission title was My Pursuit To Reduce Police Chases. It was changed by USA Today to Police can kill with more than guns. After additional discussion it was revised to Police chases can kill. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/spotlight/2016/07/28/police-can-kill-more-than-guns-column/86955028/ Police chases can kill: Voices My son died after being hit during a high-speed chase. Yet there is

July 29, 2016

Police chase deaths up in 2014

by Tom Frank, USA Today. 12/28/2015 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/23/police-chase-deaths-up-in-2014/77762174/ Police chase deaths up in 2014 DEATHS * 385 Bystanders 73 Passengers 77 Total Bystanders 150 Bystander under age 12 12 Police Officers 5 INJURIES * 1764   The number of people killed in high-speed police chases surged in 2014 to its highest level since 2007 despite efforts

July 15, 2016

Too Little, Too Late?

Tullahoma Mayor Calls for Change After Second High Speed Chase Ends in Death   BY SABRINA HALL @FoxNashville THURSDAY, JULY 14TH 2016 COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. — The mayor of Tullahoma is calling for change after a Coffee County high-speed chase ends in tragedy for the second time in the last month. This time, the crash

July 15, 2016

Dallas Tragedy: 2 Snipers Ambush, Kill 5 Officers, Injure 7 Following Peaceful Protest

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this heinous and hateful crime. Five officers are dead — four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer — after police say two snipers ambushed and opened fire on police officers at the end of a peaceful protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings Thursday

July 8, 2016

NBC 5 Chicago Investigates – Part 2

To Curb Deaths, Some Police Make the Choice Not to Chase Ingrained in every law enforcement officer are a few basic tenets: serve and protect, and catch evildoers before they can do more harm. It’s what they are paid to do, often risking their lives to accomplish those two goals. But some departments are taking

July 7, 2016

Advocates working to change police pursuit policies (WSMV)

Advocates working to change police pursuit policies Posted: Jun 30, 2016 9:29 PM CDT Reported by Heather Hourigan Original article at: http://www.wsmv.com/clip/12564582/advocates-working-to-change-police-pursuit-policies NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –Thousands of bystanders and passengers have been killed since the 1980s in high-speed police chases. One of those happened last week in Murfreesboro when a mother of two was killed instantly when

July 1, 2016

Toyota Prius Commercial Update – June 28, 2016

By Jonathan Farris We were previously told by Toyota USA officials that the final run of Prius police chase advertising would end on June 26, 2016. However, on June 27th several Pursuit For Change followers indicated they saw the commercials again. I immediately contacted the Toyota USA executive with whom I have been dealing. Here is

June 28, 2016
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Message to Toyota: Police Pursuits Are No Joke

Opinion Article Suppose you’re a homeowner who has watched your neighborhood deteriorate since drug dealers moved in. The drug traffic has disturbed your peace, destroyed the lives of friends, and threatened your security. Then suppose you turn on the TV and see a commercial for a product considered socially responsible: a low water-use toilet. The

June 16, 2016

Our View: City, county should have common police chase policy

Thanks to the Rockford Register for this editorial. They make very good recommendations regarding more commonality of different departments’ pursuit policies. If lives are truly to be saved, then move to a policy allowing pursuits for only violent felonies. And support local law enforcement with additional driving training and the ability to try new pursuit reduction

June 14, 2016

Police Pursuit, Maple Lake 5-Vehicle Crash Might Have Involved Medical Situation

http://kstp.com/news/maple-lake-5-vehicle-crash-police-pursuit/4164630/  Written by Dave Aeikens Updated: 06/10/2016 9:37 AM Photo credit: KSTP / Will Greiner The investigation continues into a police pursuit and multi-vehicle crash that injured at least four people Tuesday near Maple Lake. Authorities are trying to determine what happened and whether the driver was suffering from a medical incident or had criminal intent.

June 10, 2016

FOX25 Investigates: Massachusetts State Police logged 900 pursuits in 5 years

VIDEO here: http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/fox25-investigates-state-police-logged-900-pursuits-in-5-years/318809260 Very special thanks to Fox25 Investigative Producer, Erin Smith (@SmithReports), for reaching out and making this story happen. Thursday, June 2, 2016. Fox25 News. Troopers on police pursuits have racked up 132 crashes involving cruisers and other vehicles since 2012, FOX25 Investigates uncovered. State Police have logged 917 total chases in the past

June 3, 2016

CBN: Stop the Chase – How new technology can prevent deadly police pursuits

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/april/stop-the-chase-how-new-technology-can-prevent-deadly-police-pursuits Rockdale County, GA — Have you ever found yourself caught in the middle of a high speed police chase? Though they may be entertaining to watch on television, police pursuits often end in violent collisions that kill or injure thousands of innocent bystanders and police officers each year. Now, a new technology could change the way

June 1, 2016

Toyota Prius Police Chase Advertising Update

On May 27, 2016 Jon Farris met with Toyota USA executives to discuss the Prius police chase advertising campaign. Although we’ll have more updates soon, here are two important points that came from the meeting: All Prius police chase ads will cease by June 20th The Toyota team has committed to not use police chases in any future

May 30, 2016

Misdemeanor Violation Police Chase Injures Innocent Bystanders

So unnecessary. This really needs to stop. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/three-hospitalized-when-high-speed-chase-ends-in-two-car/article_2feafee4-2298-11e6-95be-f375e1223eb3.html Three hospitalized when high-speed chase ends in two-car crash in south Columbia COLUMBIA — A high-speed chase that began on Interstate 70 near Midway on Wednesday morning resulted in a two-car crash near Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard and ended in the arrest of a

May 27, 2016

Nine Years. Celebrating Paul Farris With Music

May 27, 2016 is the 9th anniversary of Paul’s death. I usually write a short blog focusing on Paul and how his death impacted so many people – especially Roberta, Scott and me. But this year I’d like to try something different. For those of you who knew Paul personally, he was passionate about music. He began

May 25, 2016

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2017

Pursuit For Change is making headway!   Mr. CULBERSON, from the House Committee on Appropriations, submitted the following REPORT. The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes. The

May 24, 2016

Pursuit For Change and Toyota USA

Persistence, people. If your mission is sound, then stay the course and fight the fight… On May 27th, the 9th anniversary of Paul’s death, two Toyota USA senior management VPs are flying to Madison to meet with Jon Farris, Chief Advocate of Pursuit For Change. They will discuss the Prius #PoliceChase advertising campaign and how

May 20, 2016

CBS Morning News “Chasing Danger”

CBS Morning News expose (Video). 2015 http://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/o9JOP89g0LzWYvDahpPMJWcLW_6wf7sG/police-chases-leave-trail-of-innocent-victims/

May 8, 2016

Feds fail to track deadly police pursuits

Tom Frank USA Today September 29, 2015 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/29/nhtsa-police-high-speed-pursuit/72617864/ The U.S. government has drastically understated the number of people killed in high-speed police car chases, potentially by thousands of fatalities over several decades, a USA TODAY investigation shows. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration overlooked at least 101 motor-vehicle deaths in 2013 that were related to

May 8, 2016

Police Chases – Another Country; Same Results

An 18 minute video editorializing about NSW (Australia) #PoliceChases. Different Country, Same Horrible Results. Note similarity with US statistics (PS: some vulgar language) http://abdekh.com/watch/37Qo8JU5Lg4/police-pursuit-policy-crash.html?utm_

May 8, 2016

USA Today Police Pursuit Series – Police Chase Deaths Up In 2014

12/23/2015 Hi Jon, The story for which you and I spoke yesterday is up on our website — Police chase deaths up in 2014 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/23/police-chase-deaths-up-in-2014/77762174/ Thanks again. You are always great to interview. It would be great to meet, so please let me know if you’re ever in DC. Tom Frank Reporter USA Today

May 8, 2016

Failing Legal System

1/31/2016 http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/sheldon-richardson-sentence-sends-the-wrong-signal/article_6c5f69c2-4a1a-5db7-a691-dc814b939db0.html Op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch The legal system has failed in its treatment of Jets’ defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (“Richardson draws fine, no jail time,” Jan. 27). To let Richardson off with a slap on the wrist sends the wrong signal about high-speed police pursuits and the inherent risks. Mr. Richardson’s poor

May 8, 2016

NBC Chicago Investigates Police Chases – Part I

Here is the first of several Chicago NBC5 #PoliceChase newscasts. Incredibly sad stories. Thanks to Producer Katy Smyser (@KatySmyser @nbcchicago) for allowing us to help with her research and thanks for her persistence in sharing the extent of this problem, not just in Chicago, but across the country. http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/Chicago-Area-Police-Pursuits-Kill-Injure-Scores-of-Innocent-Bystanders-378166131.html

May 6, 2016

KQRE Prius Police Chase Report

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family is joining the push to pull a national television ad. They believe the ad, which debuted during the Super Bowl, for the new Toyota Prius is insensitive, saying there is nothing funny about bank robbers leading police on a chase. See the ad here >> The original spot starts

May 3, 2016

An Open Letter To Toyota USA

An Open Letter To Toyota USA May 2, 2016 Hello Toyota, I thought I’d drop you a quick note. I’d like to reintroduce you to Paul Farris (www.paulfarris.org). I recently talked about him with you, but perhaps you’ve already forgotten. Paul is my son. Paul is DEAD. Yes, dead for 9 years – killed at

May 2, 2016

Police Pursuits / Police Chases. They happen more than you can imagine

Please visit http://www.paulfarris.org/real-pursuits.html to see lists of daily chases where innocent bystanders and law enforcement officers are being injured and killed. Help us stop the carnage by signing our Change petition and by sharing this site with your local new channels.

May 1, 2016
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Toyota Prius police chase advertising

Help us get these offensive ads off the air. Toyota is totally disrespecting law enforcement and all the thousands of victims who can no longer speak for them selves. Jon Farris is still working on this ‪#‎PoliceChase‬ ad problem. The original Super Bowl ad has been removed from the air permanently. We are attempting to have the

May 1, 2016

Child, officer sent to hospital after police pursuit, crash

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – A shoplifting call leads to a brief chase, an accident and a police officer being treated at a local hospital. Tupelo Police Department’s Chuck McDougal tells WTVA that it began with a shoplifting report at the WalMart on North Gloster around 4 p.m. When police go there, the suspect left in

April 14, 2016
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IMPD to review police pursuit policy

INDIANAPOLIS —  Across Indianapolis each day, suspects run and police chase after them. And, as often as not, police don’t know who or why someone has decided to run from them. The newly appointed chief of police says vehicle chases must become a balancing act with the issues officers are dealing with in real time.

April 14, 2016
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4 hurt in Cleveland crash after police chase

CLEVELAND — Authorities say four people were hurt following an overnight chase that ended with a crash at E. 36th and Euclid. The six-minute pursuit started early Thursday morning around 44th and Clark after a trooper noticed the back window was out, and couldn’t see a front license plate. WKYC is told the chase hit

April 14, 2016
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Family of innocent driver question why Seattle police engaged in deadly chase

SEATTLE — A grieving grandmother is demanding an explanation from police as to why officers continued a pursuit that ended in a collision, killing her grandson. You can see in that pursuit and everything, they were just hauling tail,” said a tearful Pennie Ledford, referring to dashcam video of the chase that police released. “You

April 14, 2016
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Officer and K9 injured in wild Miami car chase

A suspect was taken into custody following a police pursuit in Miami Friday afternoon. VIDEO: Officer, K-9 Hurt in Wild Miami Vehicle Pursuit The chase, which started in downtown Miami, involved a red 4-door Nissan Altima that was seen speeding on Miami streets. The car was eventually stopped in a driveway, and the driver, later

April 5, 2016

Mother of woman killed in police chase says it’s time to reconsider pursuits

VELDA CITY • About the time Keisha Redding printed her résumé at a state job assistance center, a police patrolman a mile south noticed a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo with no front license plate. After the driver made two turns without signaling, the officer switched on his lights and siren. The red sedan with a

April 5, 2016

Scholarship Season

It’s High School Scholarship Season. Jon spent a dreary-weather morning carefully reading applications from twenty-five darned amazing young men and women from Somerville High School. Paul would be very pleased. We will select two for our 2016 Paul Farris Memorial Scholarship. Please visit the PaulFarris.org Scholarship pages to learn more. http://www.paulfarris.org/scholarship.html

April 2, 2016
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Challenging the rules of the road during high speed chases

(WXYZ) – They are always dangerous. They are always controversial. Dozens have been killed in high-speed police pursuits. Now one Michigan lawmaker is fighting to slam on the brakes, but state police are fighting back. While they can have a bad outcome, police say the chases are necessary. “I’d like to say I can end

April 1, 2016

Why police departments are reconsidering high-speed pursuits

A veteran Rockport police officer has come under scrutiny after a high-speed chase he led in Union last December ended with a car crash that left two teenagers dead. See dashboard camera footage of deadly high-speed chase in Rockport High-speed chases make for great adrenaline-soaked Hollywood action flicks; however, a growing body of research shows

March 29, 2016

2 killed in high-speed chase in San Bernadino

Two people were killed in a crash in San Bernardino early Monday after a brief high-speed pursuit by a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said. A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy began chasing a speeding black Honda in the city of Colton shortly after 5 a.m., said Eileen Hards, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Police Department, which

March 29, 2016

Hey Toyota. It’s Time To Remove The Prius Police Chase Ads

UPDATE: We’re waiting for a more acceptable Toyota USA response to the highly disrespectful Prius #PoliceChase advertising. Jon Farris, Pursuit For Change Chief Advocate, is still attempting to arrange a meeting with the Marketing VP. Our recent tweet and real-life Prius police chase points to this national problem. “Here’s an example of a dangerous #PoliceChase in your

March 27, 2016

Family hurt in police chase speaks out

FLINT (WJRT) – (03/14/16) – A 6-year-old girl and her uncle are still in critical condition at Hurley – innocent victims of a police chase that ended with a crash. It happened late at night March 6 on a busy street on Flint’s north side. Police tried to pull over a woman for driving without

March 15, 2016

Are police chases of non-violent felons worth the risk?

DALLAS — Police chases sometimes end tragically. In 2005, 21-year-old Guillermo Mendoza, an innocent bystander, was killed when Dallas police officers were chasing a drug suspect and crashed. Mendoza’s brother told News 8 at the time his brother died for no reason. “This time, it was my brother,” he said. “Next time, maybe someone else.”

March 14, 2016
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Chase ends when suspects hit school bus in Dallas

DALLAS — A police pursuit ended Thursday afternoon when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a school bus in northeast Dallas. The chase began at a Fairfield Inn and Suites on the 4000 block of Towne Crossing Boulevard in Mesquite around 2:15 p.m., police said. A Mesquite police spokesperson said Thursday night the suspects were wanted

March 14, 2016

Police chase goes through golf course

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A man fleeing police was arrested after he took the officers on a chase through a St. Paul golf course. According to St. Paul Police, a 50-year-old man was driving north on Western Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, near Sherburne Avenue when he failed to make a complete stop at a stop

March 9, 2016

Statement in Government Technology

Milwaukee PD to Outfit Squad Cars with Fireable GPS Trackers Officers say the technology will allow for a safer, more focused, more effective apprehension of a suspect who flees. TNS) — The Milwaukee Police Department will outfit squad cars with devices that can fire GPS units onto fleeing vehicles to track them without engaging in high-speed

February 17, 2016

Keeping the public safe during a high speed chase

SHAWANO, Wis. — – A 29-year-old Pulaski man was taken into custody early Friday morning after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through three counties. His name has not been released. The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was carrying out an attempt to locate from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and found the vehicle

February 17, 2016

Deadly chase prompts questions

Topeka police must analyze methods By The Capital-Journal Editorial Board A recent car chase in Topeka that took the life of an innocent woman must be analyzed. The chase, which was conducted at relatively low speeds, concluded with a horrific crash, which killed a passenger of another vehicle. What started as an attempt to pull

February 17, 2016

Child killed by driver fleeing police

LANTANA — About three minutes after two young Miramar boys on a weekend family visit went out for a walk around the block with relatives Saturday afternoon, Ida Cuevas said she heard “sirens, screeching tires and then a bump.” Rushing outside, Ida Cuevas, the boys’ grandmother, found a nightmare unfolding. “My first thought was horror,”

February 17, 2016

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February 17, 2016

3 reported dead in San Francisco, Super Bowl day police chase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A police chase in San Francisco on Saturday night ended with a fiery crash that is believed to have killed three people, KPIX-TV reported. The crash took place about 10 p.m. Saturday at Brannan and Ninth streets. The incident started with a police chase at 5th and Bryant streets, California Highway

February 9, 2016

Wild pursuit ends with crash in Shawnee

A pursuit spanning several counties this morning has ended in Shawnee, where the vehicle crashed near a Shawnee business along Harrison Street. Several law enforcement vehicles are damaged as a result of the chase. The chase reportedly began near Holdenville. Reports from Shawnee police indicate that the pursuit of a stolen vehicle began in Hughes

February 9, 2016

Amber Alert investigation ends with chase, crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE/KXRM) – A man accused of abducting a 2-year-old girl in Albuquerque has been caught after a chase that ended in a rollover crash in Colorado. According to New Mexico state police, 19-year-old Ramiro Tirado took 2-year-old Denise Tirado Monday night in Albuquerque. State police issued an Amber Alert for Denise after the abduction.

February 9, 2016

Man charged with murder after stolen vehicle, police chase caused deadly crash

A man who police say stole a truck, sparked a police chase and caused a crash that killed a Topeka woman was charged Monday with first-degree murder. Sherman N. Jenkins, 62, of Jefferson County, appeared before Judge William Ossmann in the morning via video feed from the jail. Jenkins, who was wearing a light blue

February 8, 2016

High speed chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders

A death a day from police chases RUNNING RED LIGHTS AT 100-MPH PLUS Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story used an incorrect first name for Maj. Travis Yates More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly

February 3, 2016

Metro Atlanta police pursuits are the latest in a wave of carnage

Imagine if five innocent bystanders — an elderly couple, a grandmother and two cute kids — were killed in gun battles as metro Atlanta police shot it out with druggies or suspected car thieves. There’d be one hell of a shinola storm brewing here. High-speed chase fatalities in metro Atlanta The scenario above didn’t originate

February 3, 2016

Jon Farris op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The legal system has failed in its treatment of Jets’ defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (“Richardson draws fine, no jail time,” Jan. 27). To let Richardson off with a slap on the wrist sends the wrong signal about high-speed police pursuits and the inherent risks. Mr. Richardson’s poor decision to flee — at speeds topping 140

January 31, 2016

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson pleads guilty in high-speed chase, gets no jail time

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday was fined $1,050 but escaped jail time for leading police on a high-speed, late-night chase on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) last July. Associate Circuit Judge Norman Steimel issued the sentence as part of a plea agreement negotiated by prosecutors and Richardson’s attorney,

January 26, 2016

Police say multiple vehicle crash happened after stolen vehicle pursuit

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Metro 911 said there are about six people with possible injuries at a multiple vehicle wreck in South Charleston that apparently happened after a police pursuit. The accident happened about 5 p.m. at Kanawha Turnpike and Jefferson Road, dispatchers said. A dispatcher described the people with possible injuries as three “walking

January 14, 2016

1 hour, 18-wheeler pursuit in Texas

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police from several departments and troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) chased the driver of an 18-wheeler for more than an hour and ultimately ended a standoff peacefully. The chase began in the Garland area, went into Rockwall County, and at lunchtime was on the Interstate-30 service road in Royse

January 13, 2016

Pedestrian hit and injured during stolen vehicle pursuit

SEATTLE — A pedestrian was hit and injured by the driver of a stolen vehicle during a police pursuit Wednesday morning in downtown Seattle. Seattle police say officers tried to pull over a stolen car around 6 a.m. but the driver fled, eventually clipping a pedestrian. The driver jumped out of the car near Olive Way

January 13, 2016

Innocent motorist killed in stolen vehicle pursuit

A police chase ended in a head-on collision between the pursued van and a pickup truck that left both drivers dead Friday afternoon in Ellis County. The Midlothian Police Department said in a press release that officers were pursuing a van stolen Friday from a Waxahachie construction site when it veered across a median on

January 12, 2016
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Shoplifting pursuit leads to crash

A Lexington woman is in jail after crashing her car into a Lincoln County deputy’s car during a police pursuit through parts of two counties, police said. April Wallace, 36, was being pursued about 4:30 p.m. by a Stanford officer who suspected her of shoplifting, according to a release from Kentucky State Police. Police chased

January 12, 2016

Texas teen killed by wrong-way driver fleeing police

MIDLOTHIAN — A chase involving a vehicle theft suspect and multiple law enforcement agencies ended in a fatal crash Friday afternoon near Midlothian, killing that suspect and an innocent motorist. Ellis County sheriff’s deputies and Waxahachie police officers pursued  the suspect — who was driving a stolen van — from Waxahachie to Midlothian. Two people were killed when a stolen van

January 9, 2016

76-year-old grandmother killed in crash triggered by pursuit on Christmas

76-year-old woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash triggered by a pursuit in Moreno Valley on Christmas Day, officials said Monday. Around 4:33 p.m. Friday the California Highway Patrol became involved in a pursuit of a 2013 Nissan Frontier on the westbound State Route 60 near Perris Boulevard after the driver

December 30, 2015

Crash of stolen car kills 1, injures 12 after Chicago chase

CHICAGO (WLS) — One person was killed and 12 others were injured in a violent crash on the city’s South Side Saturday that police say involved a stolen car after a short chase. Police say an unmarked squad car first identified a stolen vehicle and attempted to get the driver to pull over at 66th

December 29, 2015

Officer hospitalized in ICU after high-speed chase

A Westville police officer underwent surgery at an Arkansas hospital after being injured during a pursuit in Adair County on Monday evening. The officer was involved in a crash during the pursuit on U.S. 59 just north of U.S. 62 in Westville about 8:15 p.m. The crash caused all lanes of the highway to close

December 15, 2015

Jon speaks on NPR’s All Things Considered

Listen to the story HERE. In Hot Pursuit of Public Safety, Police Consider Fewer Car Chases Police officers have to make complicated, split-second decisions every day — and whether or not to chase a fleeing suspect is no exception. And they often have to make this decision while driving a car at very high speeds.

July 23, 2015

USA TODAY: Police chase deaths are up in 2014

The number of people killed in high-speed police chases surged in 2014 to its highest level since 2007 despite efforts by police departments to reduce the risks of people getting killed and injured, a USA TODAY analysis shows. A total of 385 people died in motor-vehicle crashes in 2014 that occurred while police were chasing a

December 25, 2014

High-speed chases: Police make life-or-death decisions on the run

Police chases of suspects at high speeds can quickly turn deadly for the pursuer, the pursued and bystanders — one reason law enforcement officers are taught to use caution before hitting the gas pedal. Tuesday’s NYPD pursuit from New York City into Yonkers ended with a head-on crash along the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers and one of the two suspects shot dead

September 25, 2014

USA TODAY: FBI vastly understates police deaths in chases

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has drastically understated the number of police who have been killed in high-speed chases, counting only 24 deaths since 1980 despite records showing more than 370 officers killed in vehicle pursuits in that time span, a USA TODAY analysis shows. At least 371 police officers were killed in chases from

September 25, 2014

Suspect shot, killed after NYPD pursuit ends in crash

YONKERS, New York (WABC) — One person is dead and other is in custody following a series of events, including a police pursuit and crash that began in the Bronx Tuesday morning. The crash shut down the Saw Mill River Parkway in both directions in Yonkers between exits 3 and 4, which is near the

September 25, 2014
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