Atlanta police reinstates policy allowing suspect chases

ATLANTA — Atlanta police have reinstated a controversial policy that allows officers to chase suspects. But the revived policy comes with new restrictions. Police Department Interim Chief Rodney Bryant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the department has adopted safety measures not present in the old policy scrapped last January by former Chief Erika Shields. Shields decided the chases put innocent people at too great of a risk. The new protocols allow officers to pursue only suspects, who have committed certain felonies ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter and who present an imminent threat of death or serious injury. A supervisor must approve a chase, and no more than three police cruisers can join.

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