When police chase, suspects usually escape


MILWAUKEE – Ald. Bob Donovan is no fan of a policy limiting the times Milwaukee Police can chase a fleeing vehicle.It’s been about six years since MPD limited pursuits to serious crimes only and the mayoral candidate Monday stepped up his attack. "We have seen an increase in disorder, I believe, as a result of this policy," Donovan said at a city hall news conference.But the I-Team reviewed data that shows when police chase, they rarely catch their suspects.The I-Team examined records of every pursuit in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.From January 2010 to April 2015, law enforcement started 1,276 pursuits. Only one-third of those chases, 431, ended with an arrest.In every other case, the suspects got away.Milwaukee Police say there is no evidence connecting the spikes in crime with their policy and insists limiting chases keeps people safe on the city’s streets.Since 2010, four people died in police pursuits in southeast Wisconsin, all of them suspects.Another 128, including four police officers and 36 innocent bystanders, were injured.Crashes also ended in property damages totalling $1,576,080. (Source)