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290766
VETERAN COP’S MANEUVER TOO DANGEROUS 2007
AUSTIN, TEXAS
DASHCAM
12-06-2007
31:00
7:30
NIGHTTIME DASHCAM WITH AUDIO, COP PURSUES SUSPECT WITH LIGHTS AND SIREN, SUSPECT SWERVES BETWEEN LANES, SUSPECT PULLS UP ONTO CURB THEN CONTINUES THE CHASE, SUSPECT SLOWS DOWN WHEN MET BY A COP FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION, COP CAR PUSHES BACK END OF SUSPECT TO TURN IT, SUSPECT MANAGES TO GET AWAY, AT A SLOW SPEED, COP CAR TRIES AGAIN AND SUSPECT IS STOPPED, SUSPECT GETS OUT OF CAR AND JOGS AWAY TRYING TO HOLD HIS PANTS ON, AN OFFICER RACES THROUGH THE FRAME CHASING SUSPECT, CUTS TO SECOND DASHCAM, COP CAR TURNS AROUND AND JOINS CHASE, SUSPECT IS SLOWED DOWN AND FIRST COP CAR GETS ON HIS RIGHT SIDE TRYING TO PUSH SUSPECT AROUND, COP DOES IT AGAIN AND SUSPECT IS PUSHED INTO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, OFFICER RUNS THROUGH FRAME,
A police officer was suspended for using a popular tactical move in a car chase that this department banned more than a decade ago. The Austin Police Association is backing him, however, saying the department is sending a dangerous message to its officers. Sgt. Keith Stoddard, a 20-year veteran, was suspended for three days without pay after using the PIT maneuver to stop a fleeing suspect along East Oltorf Street in December. The move involves bumping a fleeing vehicle in an attempt to cause it to spin out and stall. Video from police Sgt. Keith Stoddard's dashboard camera shows a suspect fleeing in his car. Police said he was driving under the influence of alcohol and has already been in an accident. The suspect sends Stoddard on a chase, passing traffic and running stop signs and stoplights. Then the car slows down, and Stoddard attempts to stop him. "I'm taking him out," he said in the video. The second time he uses the PIT maneuver he is successful. "The PIT maneuver was banned here at the Austin Police Department about 15 years ago," said Asst. Chief Leo Enriquez. Stoddard had been trained on carrying out the PIT maneuver. Many police departments use the move, but APD does not allow ramming or colliding with fleeing suspects unless deadly force is justified. "The reason we banned it was because, No. 1, people were getting hurt," Enriquez said. APD said after reviewing the incident, Stoddard was clearly not authorized to use the move. Enriquez said Stoddard admitted it was out of line. Yet George Vanderhule, president of the Austin Police Association, is not so sure. "What concerns me is if the individual who had DWI already had been involved in a collision and was fleeing the scene continued to pose a threat to people on the roadway," Vanderhule said. Vanderhule said the move by the police department could send the wrong message to officers. "If it's a case where an officer's actions were blatantly wrong, other officers learn from that, but when it is questionable, like in this case, other officers start second guessing what they ought to do in a situation," Vanderhule said. Meanwhile, APD it wants to send the message to officers that they will be held accountable.
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Keywords

CAUGHT ON TAPE
CAUGHT ON VIDEO
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
DASHCAM
HIGH SPEED CHASE
POLICE
COPS
COP
DANGEROUS
CRIME
CAR
CHASE
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