CPD's new foot pursuit policy draws criticism

Families of people killed by Chicago police during foot pursuits and their supporters blasted the Chicago Police Department's new interim policy Wednesday.

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- They form a circle of unity as the families of people killed by Chicago police during a foot pursuit and their supporters blast the department's new interim policy.

- We still live with the hurt and trauma of that experience. The CPD's new policy on foot pursuit won't end unnecessary and dangerous pursuits.

- CPD had no official foot chase guidelines 17 years ago when Smith's son was pursued and shot by police. The family of 16-year-old Peter Lowry, who was killed by an officer in April 2016 during a foot pursuit says he might still be alive if a proper policy was in place.

- I think it would have made a difference.

- The family suing the city the police department and the officers involved in the shooting. The case goes to court August 16. And while Chicago police officials say the new rules are meant to make the decision to Chase Seiffert for all involved, critics say the policy is vague. And that it doesn't address the inherent danger and deadly nature of foot pursuits.

- The policy continues to give police officers the power to engage in deadly foot chases based on mere suspicion of offenses that do not rise to even the level of a felony. And do not pose a risk to public safety.

- Chicago police will adopt a new rules Friday, months after 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez were killed in separate incidents by officers in pursuit. A Northwestern University Law professor says that CPD failed to report hundreds of foot pursuit that were found after review of body cam video.

- We have a problem of actual foot pursuit and then we have a problem of covering up pursuits. The recommendations that we would have put in place would have addressed that as well.

- Those against the new policy say it doesn't require enough transparency.

- This policy that they released is vague. It's contradictory. It is confusing. It is difficult for lawyers to understand. It's not clear how a police officer could actually implement it to save lives.

- Now this interim version of this policy is not final. Chicago police say that they plan on holding several public community meetings before making it final. That final updated version will go into effect in September.