Public Safety Committee Hears Arguments for High Speed Chase Liability

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Most law enforcement agencies already have pursuit policies intended to reduce risk, but the heart of the debate is who is liable in case of accident or death.  John Lovell, who lobbies for police and sheriffs’ groups, says blame should never be placed on law enforcement.

Candy Priano sees it differently.  Her daughter Kristie was killed in Chico when the family’s SUV was rammed by a teenager fleeing police in a stolen car.   Priano says police sometimes initiate a dangerous but unnecessary chase, and should be held liable.

Specific language for what’s being called “Kristie’s Law” will be crafted in coming weeks.