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12-18-07, 02:52 PM #1
Televised Live Pursuits
Countybear started me thinking in another thread with his quote regarding pursuits in the Los Angeles area.
Does anyone else consider it more than a coincidence that the area where the most high-speed pursuits are covered by live news is the same area that has the highest frequency of high-speed pursuits?
Drop the live media coverage, I'll bet the frequency of pursuits will decrease as well.
I also think that televising the pursuit causes civilians to get involved, either trying to be vigilantes or as rubberneckers. I just dont think the risk is outweighed by the "public saftey" issue of warning the public.
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12-18-07, 03:14 PM #2
I think that they cause more pursuits then they stop. We all have seen the pursuit where the kids in the stolen car are driving around the neighborhood waving at their friends. Bad guys like the attention.The opinions of my posts are the sole responsibilty of my employer due to the fact that they have totally and completely warped my mind.
12-18-07, 03:40 PM #3
I think anybody, in this day and age especially, that is not already aware of the way the majority of pursuits end will not learn anything by watching a televised one. In fact, it's my opinion that alot of people who are pursued are fully aware of the consequences and are trying to avoid them. Televising a pursuit I think is only going to encourage people to go out and see it for themself, and of course, give a form of fame to the bad guy.
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I agree with those posting above.
Let's stop televising live pursuits. Let's stop rewarding these assholes who decide to shoot up schools or malls with press coverage. All you do by televising some of this is encourage the assholes.
12-18-07, 09:21 PM #5
+1 its all about sensationalist journalism and nothing more. I doubt numbers exist for "deterring pursuits" like you cannot predict how many armed robberies you prevented by driving thru your beat.There are only two kinds of real justice left: street and poetic...
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12-19-07, 12:16 AM #7
I think another thing about televised pursuits is the negative spin on LE because of them. Civilians see and judge and only see what has happened from above, they don't know what has gone on before the pursuit started or hear what is being said at the end, they just judge by what the purcieve to be happening.
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