The report, prepared for tonight's Charlotte City Council meeting, comes after Councilman Michael Barnes criticized Concord police for a May 22 pursuit.
The pursuit began as a simple shoplifting call but escalated after an officer saw the alleged thief climb into the back seat of a car full of people where a “violent assault” took place. It started in Concord, but resulted in a fatal collision in Charlotte between the suspect and another vehicle.
The CMPD report shows:
- Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mint Hill require a 'felony dangerous to life' as a condition to initiate a pursuit.
- Concord, the Union County Sheriff and the N.C. State Highway Patrol require that the suspect commit a felony.
- CMPD policy states that officers are authorized to engage and continue in a pursuit only when they have reasonable suspicion to believe the driver or occupant has committed or is attempting to commit a crime dangerous to life - or because of the potential for harm to the public.
Barnes requested an update on pursuit policies during a May 26 meeting. Click here to read the report.
Concord police Chief Merl Hamilton has said his officers acted properly in the high-speed chase.
- Doug Miller