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New York police injured 10 in crash while racing to prevent car theft: Report


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New York Police injured 10 people Thursday afternoon after a cruiser that rushed to the scene of a potential car theft at high speed in a busy Bronx neighborhood hit another vehicle and jumped on it. According to reports, on the sidewalk, attacked a group of people.

Police responded to reports of a potential car theft around 3 p.m. Thursday in the Bronx neighborhood of Longwood. The crash happened on the corner of Westchester Avenue and Hoe, ABC7 report. The cruiser is moving at high speed, trying to pass a car by jumping over the double yellow line, and cut an Acura turning left. The collision forced the cruiser to sidewalk where it hit four people. The impact was so strong that the cruiser rammed a traffic pole, injuring two others, including a 2-year-old child, New York Times report. Two Acura residents and two police officers were also injured in the crash. ABC7 spoke to several witnesses at the scene:

The violent collision knocked off a traffic pole. Witnesses say the police cruiser was flying over the street, and it happened so quickly that there was no way to avoid it.

“They can’t even move. Someone will die,” Yamil Irazariy said.

The lighted cruiser was seen crossing the double yellow line to join the oncoming traffic. Then an Acura in the light turned left onto the cruiser, cut it and brought it to the sidewalk.

An eyewitness named Anthony said: “Lady you know, it was as if she levitated and touched her leg and she was bleeding from her chin and from her cheek to her chin,” said a witness named Anthony.

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“I really want to commend the members of ward 41 for trying to get here, they didn’t try to stop that crime. BILLIONthis is trying to catch someone trying to steal a car,” said [Jeffrey B. Maddrey, the NYPD’s chief of patrol.]

That statement of Chief Maddrey is quite confusing. Are they not trying to prevent crime, but to prevent someone from committing a crime? Luckily, he clarified with Times:

“Of course we don’t want to see anyone get hurt, especially when the officers are trying to do the right thing,” he said. “They’re trying to stop a crime going on, they’re trying to catch someone who’s willing to be the victim of a good guy in the Bronx.”

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“They tried to prevent that crime, but unfortunately the accident allowed the person to steal the car,” he said.

While a car theft is certainly unfortunate, four people are in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, including the 5-year-old, who is also a good Bronx, and they are also victims of something. And while the police don’t want to see anyone get hurt, they don’t really seem interested in preventing it. New York Times there is a summary on what police crashes and pedestrian deaths cost the city:

According to the city’s Department of Transport, the number of pedestrians injured and killed by vehicles in 5 districts has begun to increase again as life returns to normal after the peak of the pandemic in 2020, when the pedestrian death toll drops to 60.

A total of 76 pedestrians have been killed this year as of September 27, the most recent date for which data is available from the department.

Property damage and personal injury from accidents involving police vehicles cost the city about $46 million in settlements in fiscal year 2021, according to a City manager’s report released in June.

NYPD for the police take considerable time in deciding whether to pursue a suspect and that officers are meant to use their best judgment. That sounds like a policy that may need to change. In a crowded city like New York, 146,824 people live split between the neighborhoods of Longwood and Hunts Point, according to NYU Furman Center. The two neighboring areas cover less than a square mile. It was impossible that the streets weren’t crowded and busy as the police embarked on this frantic journey through the neighborhood.

A study that When a review of deaths from 1994 to 2002 showed 3,146 deaths in police pursuits, many not the subject of the chase:

Of the 3146 deaths, 1088 deaths were attributed to persons not on the fleeing vehicle and 2055 in the fleeing vehicle (table 1). A total of 102 people (3.2%) who died were non-drivers, 40 were policemen, 946 people (30.1%) were occupants of the vehicle not being pursued by police, and 3 were not clear identity. Most of the innocent deaths were motor vehicle occupants, 102 were pedestrians or cyclists.

The Washington Post points out in 2015 police chases kill “…more people each year than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning – combined.” A police chase that does not end with an arrest is not only normal, but very common. A 2020 investigation into nearby New Jersey police chases found that most police chases start over something as simple as a traffic violation, Appeal report:

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a investigation by Andrew Ford of Asbury Park Press into police car chases was see that “Races in New Jersey often begin with a traffic violation and do not usually end with an arrest. … Even when someone is arrested, they are usually not charged with violence.”

“New Jersey police pursuits have killed at least 63 people over the past decade and more than 2,500 injured. Almost half of those injured were bystanders and police officers,” Written Ford. More than half of those killed in vehicle chases were not in the vehicle being pursued.

Among cities, “Newark police car chases have killed black residents at a higher rate than any other city in the country, federal fatal crash data over the past decade.” shows.” Furthermore, chases resulted in arrests in less than half of chases, about 40% of pursuits resulted in collisions, and nearly a fifth of people were injured. The city police department updated its policies in 2017, limiting the circumstances in which police can initiate a chase, resulting in fewer chases, collisions, and injuries in 2017 and 2018. .

All this maiming and destruction for a nonviolent car theft. This is why we need end Traffic stopsbut especially, the police chase.

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