Wraps Put on Chicago Cops Chasing People in Foot Pursuits – Headline USA

Battered by rampant crime, mass shootings, soaring murder rates and drug dealing, Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration’s police department brass have decided to no longer allow police officers to chase people on foot if they flee.

The department’s new policy, announced this week, closely resembles a draft policy put in place after two separate pursuits in 2021 that ended with officers fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man, NBC News reported.

The rule is the first permanent one addressing when officers can and cannot engage in activities that may endanger themselves, suspects and civilians.

“The safety of our community members and our officers remain at the core of this new foot pursuit policy,” Superintendent David Brown said in a statement announcing the policy, which will be implemented by the end of the summer.