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    Regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling (8 - 1 ) in favor of justifying the police, in essence, to "take out" a fleeing vehicle that is posing a threat of serious bodily injury or death to anyone else on the road. Why was this not a 9 -0 ruling? What is wrong with Justice Stevens? Why did the lower courts not throw out the lawsuit against the police?

    http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinio..._v_harris.rmvb

    I see this type of situation to be very analogous to a situation in which an individual is walking down a public street randomly shooting a gun all over the place. We all know that when the police show up, the perpetrator's best case scenario is that he/she will be instructed to drop the gun and surrender. We also all know that if that option is offered and refused, the perpetrator is going to get shot and most likely killed.

    After viewing the video, IMHO the judge(s) of the lower court(s) who
    ruled that the lawsuit could proceed is a (are) dimwit(s) and Justice John Paul Stevens needs to retire. I wonder if he still has a driver's license?

    If I were king, I would authorize VTV missiles if/when the vehicle entered a location where there was no risk of collateral damage.

    Twice I've come very close to being taken out by a vehicle fleeing the police in a high speed chase. Each time I would have likely been killed by the collision as I then owned a Honda Civic.

    P.S. The next time I see a police dashboard video like this, I hope the last transmission I hear on the police radio is "I've got tone...I'm taking the shot."

    In all seriousness, perhaps someday soon some technowhiz will come up with an "electronic dart" or something that will disable the vehicle. In the meantime though, I believe the Supreme Court was right in their majority opinion. The police have to be able to defend the public from a clear and present danger such as the one shown in the video.
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    Last edited by JPR; 05-13-2007, 01:44 AM.
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    America gave Obama the benefit of the doubt when they elected him. Obama is now giving America the doubt of the benefit of his governance......Change you can bereave in!..JPR

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    Originally posted by JPR View Post
    "I've got tone...I'm taking the shot."
    God the screams of the thug-hugians would be deafening, and the resounding cheers of the police would drowned out those of the hugians.

    Smells like victory.
    Sometimes, doing the right thing means p***ing off the bosses.

    "And shepherds we shall be, for thee my lord for thee."

    Originally posted by dontknowwhy
    I still think troopers and deputies who work in the middle of no where with essentially no back up are the 'men among men' of the LEO world.
    Originally posted by weinerdog2000
    as far as your social experiment, if we cant film you then you cant film us, we will arrest you for obstruction of our freedom.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JPR View Post
      In all seriousness, perhaps someday soon some technowhiz will come up with an "electronic dart" or something that will disable the vehicle.
      Actually I think I saw one of those old "Road Warrior" movies with Mel Gibson where they used a harpoon gun to try and catch a fleeing vehicle. Worked okay, but caused a little pain to the occupant due when it penetrated the passenger compartment! Seriously, I think we'll see something like this come out about the time they (?) start issuing a "sleep" guns to harmlessly take violent suspects into custody.
      "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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      • #4
        I think chasing should be outlawed



        HAHA, GOTCHA!!!!!
        Seriously, this policy should be left to the discretion of the pursuit officer, and the immediate supervisor. There is nothing more annoying than going after a violator, watching him accelerate, and then every member of the public looking at you like "ain't you gonna do something?" And your immediate aggressive law enforcement response is....to...... ....decelerate. The funny thing is, every felon knows this. They have nothing to lose. I guess I'll just pull over Mr. Washington again. He's 70 years old. He won't flee from me. I'll make a good traffic stop on him.

        A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

        It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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        • #5
          Especially the judiciary....
          "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LeanG View Post
            I think chasing should be outlawed



            HAHA, GOTCHA!!!!!
            Seriously, this policy should be left to the discretion of the pursuit officer, and the immediate supervisor. There is nothing more annoying than going after a violator, watching him accelerate, and then every member of the public looking at you like "ain't you gonna do something?" And your immediate aggressive law enforcement response is....to...... ....decelerate. The funny thing is, every felon knows this. They have nothing to lose. I guess I'll just pull over Mr. Washington again. He's 70 years old. He won't flee from me. I'll make a good traffic stop on him.
            I remember when the local big City Mayor made the p[ublic statement during a news conference that his PD wouldnt Pursue anyone for any reason, just after a chase that ended up in a crash with inujuries to a non-involved party, even thought he PD had followed the AG Guidelines completely. About a mont later, My partner and i were coming back from dropping off a warrant at their Jail facility, when we stopped to BS with a guy i knew before we went back home. As we were sitting there door to doot, a carload of little ****tums drove up, and started doing donuts right in front of us. My buddy told me that it was a stolen car, and they had been doing it all night trying to get someone to chase them..the look on their faces as we sat there and laughed at them was priceless...they looked like someone had run over their puppy.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JPR View Post
              .........In all seriousness, perhaps someday soon some technowhiz will come up with an "electronic dart" or something that will disable the vehicle...........
              http://www.newsday.com/news/printedi...y-linews-print



              Not exactly what I envisioned, but sounds promising at getting the job done.

              Sometimes I amaze myself.
              Jubilant Patriotic Republican

              America gave Obama the benefit of the doubt when they elected him. Obama is now giving America the doubt of the benefit of his governance......Change you can bereave in!..JPR

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              • #8
                I believe that I live in the best county in America if you want to commit a felony. One of my judges was a secretary prior to becoming a judge. She never even went to law school
                ""Liberals are liberal until something happens to them or someone they love, then they want the rules to change"

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