Chicago Mayor May Force Police to Ask Permission Before Chasing Criminals
Leftist Lightfoot promised she would disclose details 'soon'
Law enforcement officers in Chicago may soon require permission from a supervisor before they are permitted to chase suspects on foot, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Leftist Lightfoot promised she would disclose details "soon" about a police policy change, Fox 32 Chicago reported.
"No one should die as a result of a foot chase," the mayor said.
Police methods with catching criminals have come under fire recently after video footage from the March 29 police shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
City Alderman Brian Hopkins said police currently already need a superior’s permission to launch a vehicle chase for a suspect.
The same policy for vehicle chases would apply to all pursuits.
But Hopkins acknowledged that such a policy would likely attract backlash.
One argument against the policy would be the suspect on foot could be long gone in the time it would take an officer to get the required approval.
"The point would be moot then," Hopkins noted, according to FOX 32.
The alderman added that police see vehicles flee because they know about the permission policy.
Lightfoot also acknowledged that permission was a less-than-perfect solution.
"I don’t want people out there who are dangerous to think, ‘Well, if I just run, then I’m safe. I can continue to wreak havoc,’" the mayor said.
"We can’t live in that world, either."
The news comes as three people were shot in Chicago on Tuesday, including a woman wounded in Englewood on the South Side.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:
"The woman, 21, was walking through an alley in the 6900 block of South Eggleston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. when someone opened fire, grazing her in both legs, Chicago police said.
"She went to Holy Cross Hospital, where she was in good condition.
"An 18-year-old man was seriously wounded in a shooting Tuesday evening in Calumet Heights on the South Side. About 6:30 p.m., the teenager was in the 9100 block of South Oglesby Avenue when he heard shots.
"He was hit several times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was in serious condition."