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Reader's view: Fighting crime requires split-second decisions

A June 17 letter, "Police pose needless danger when engaging in chases," referred to a June 6 story about a man killed in a crash while fleeing police. The writer, like too many others in such cases, placed blame on the police.

A June 17 letter, "Police pose needless danger when engaging in chases," referred to a June 6 story about a man killed in a crash while fleeing police. The writer, like too many others in such cases, placed blame on the police.

I was sorry to hear a person lost his life, but I must ask: Why did he flee? Why would an innocent person want to flee from the police?

Law enforcement officers are placed in positions requiring split-second decisions. Yes, they could just run the plate and find the vehicle again. But how would they know the person fleeing from them is the owner of the vehicle? How can they know what crime may have been committed or is being committed? How can they know whether a crime will be committed during their wait? What would be the public opinion if a crime was committed and the public discovered the police had the person in sight and let him or her go?

The officers made a split-second decision in an attempt to apprehend a person who was fleeing. The driver made the choice, for whatever reason, to flee from the police. Blaming the officers for his death is just plain wrong.

John Flint

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