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Chicago Cops Ordered to Stop Chasing Criminal Suspects in Many Cases


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Even as Chicago, Illinois, remains mired in violence and rampant property crime, local police officers are being told not to engage in a variety of foot pursuits.

The change in policy is ostensibly an effort to keep cops safe, but critics say it will likely endanger law-abiding citizens.

Chicago Police Department leaders pointed to other communities that have put similar procedures in place and expressed hope that it would be a net positive for the Windy City.

According to Fox News:

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Chicago officers will no longer be able to chase people because run away during a confrontation or people who give chase over minor incidents, among other circumstances, according to the new policy.

CPD Superintendent David Brown emphasized his hope that the new policy will improve officer safety and accountability, as well as trust between officers and communities, during a Tuesday press conference.

“It’s new to the Chicago Police Department. It’s not new to law enforcement. … It’s made officers safer,” he told reporters.

The current level of crime on the streets of Chicago is already causing widespread chaos across the city.

Not unlike countless other weekends in Chicago, the past few days have seen shootings and homicides in every corner of the city.

According to NBC Chicago:

At least 47 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, 13 of them in just five hours late Sunday and early Monday.

An 11-year-old girl was shot in the leg in the Auburn Gresham area just after midnight Monday. Ten minutes later, a woman and two teens, 16 and 17, were wounded about half a mile away, according to Chicago police.

Five people were wounded in a mass shooting Friday evening when a gunman opened fire in a parking lot in the 3000 block of South Rhodes Avenue.

Most of the shooting victims, 28 of them, were wounded on the South Side. Twelve people were wounded on the West Side, while five people were hurt on the Southwest Side. West Town and River North each had one shooting victim.

In the following clip recorded last year, a reporter confronted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about the ongoing crime problem.



 

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