Monday, August 31, 2009

Mandatory Tough Sentences in All High-Speed Chases

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:43 AM

Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the man who led Oakland police on a high-speed chase that killed an innocent bystander. But it's time that the state legislature enacts mandatory tough sentencing laws for all such drivers, whether they actually kill someone or not. Maybe if suspects know they will be put behind bars for a long time, they will be less likely to try to speed away from police.

But even with tough sentencing laws, police need to rethink they're policies for engaging in high-speed chases. Three innocent people have already been killed this year alone in Oakland, and it's time that police relied on other methods — such as old-fashioned detective work — to catch suspects rather than embarking on dangerous pursuits that put people unnecessarily in harm's way.

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