A police chase that killed three people has Pennsylvania officials debating the use of tire-slashing devices to prevent suspects from fleeing during traffic stops.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. wants to buy the $140 devices so officers can use them to flatten a tire if the driver takes off.
But local police agencies tell The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette they fear officers could be vulnerable when they bend down to place the spiked sticks under a car.
The debate comes as Zappala reviews the Thanksgiving Day chase that killed a couple and their 2-year-old when their car was struck by a suspect fleeing at more than 100 miles per hour.
Authorities say 22-year-old Demetrius Coleman of Homewood fled as an officer learned he was being sought over a probation violation.
Isn’t it enough risk already being an officer and now you want them to bend down and place a stick under the car?
Fuck that. Who comes up with this stuff? Whatever happened to stop sticks? And I gotta tell ya, I don’t like cops having this much power.
But picture it. How exactly does it work? You pull someone over and once you discover that they are criminals, do you then go back to your car and retrieve the device? Or do you automatically assume that they are criminals and place the stick underneath the car Just in case?
I don’t like it.