A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a municipality in Washington after a fatal car accident stemming from a police chase.
The woman that caused the crash was drunk. The lawsuit claims that the police were negligent in chasing the woman because of the risks posed by the chase.
This issue of how far the police should take a chase is gaining new steam in recent years as more eyes are policing the police than ever before. One problem in many jurisdictions: limits on liability against police who are responding to an emergency.
It is a tough issue. You want police to catch the bad guys, but you don’t want them killing the rest of us in the process. Hard balance.