CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek is asking city administrators to require outside police departments that enter Cleveland on high-speed chases follow the Cleveland Police Department's chase policy that bans those chases unless the suspect is connected to a violent crime or felony warrants.
In addition, Polensek is calling on other departments to adopt similar chase policies and stop their chases from entering Cleveland.
He said a high-speed chase last week that started in Euclid and went into Cleveland, into his ward, put his residents in danger. He cited past pursuits where cars have crashed into homes and into other people.
Cleveland's chase policy says those with minor misdemeanor crimes shouldn't be pursued. The suspect must be involved in a felony or other violent crimes like rape and murder. Only two police cars can join the chase.
This policy was adopted by Cleveland Police after two unarmed suspects were shot and killed during a 22 minutes chase involving dozens of police officers back in November 2012.
"Cleveland's police pursuit policy prohibits them, unless they are dangerous criminals, and other police departments should have to follow Cleveland's policy," Polensek said.
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