Law Enforcement Should Not Be Allowed

956 Words4 Pages
Joanna Frazier
Kelly Nichols
English Composition 2
28 April 2017
Protection Without Casualties There are numerous topics among American society that are constantly discussed and debated. These controversial topics range from abortion to the newly elected president. There is one particular issue that has been brought up in the past few months. The dispute is whether or not law enforcement should be allowed to participate in high speed chases. Although there are beneficial effects that come from high speed chases, law enforcement should not be allowed to participate in them because they can be hazardous to society. There are three important reasons why this act should not be allowed: police high speed chases cause a countless number of
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Police across the USA chase tens of thousands of people each year -- usually for traffic violations or misdemeanors -- often causing drivers to speed away recklessly. Recent cases show the danger of the longstanding police practice of chasing minor offenders.” Although they do not mean to take the lives of others, it sometimes elevates to those means. As stated before, high speed chases usually end up with a death of someone involved in the chase. The second reason why law enforcement should not be involved in high speed chases is because they sometimes they are unnecessary. For example, it is not necessary to chase someone who ran a red light, stop sign, or failed to turn on their signal light before turning into another lane. It is not worth risking a police officer 's, drivers, or innocent bystanders life over a minor offense. The Washington Post states ”Ninety one percent of high-speed chases are initiated in response to a non-violent crime, according to a fascinating report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Institute of Justice. They analyzed nearly 8,000 high-speed chases in the IACP 's database. What they found was that the overwhelming majority of pursuits -- 91 percent of them -- were not initiated in response to a violent crime. Most -- 42 percent -- involved a simple traffic infraction. Another 18 percent involved a stolen vehicle. 15 percent involved a suspected drunk driver.” There are certain
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