An average of 329 people are killed in car chases per year, prompting many police departments to review their policies. Omar Villafranca reports.
According to a USA TODAY report …
More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979.
Almost every day, someone is killed during a high-speed chase between police and a suspect in the United States.
At least 11,506 people — only about half or 6,300 who were the actual fleeing suspects — were killed in police chases from 1979 through 2013. That’s an average of 329 a year — nearly one person a day for the 35-year period.
USA TODAY claims that the figures are likely underestimated because some police reports do not report that a chase occurred.
In California, studying records of 63,500 chases from 2002 through 2014 show that only 5% were an attempt to nab someone suspected of a violent crime, usually assault or robbery, and only 168 of the chases were pursuing a known murder suspect.
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High-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders
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