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Pedestrian Killed in Drug Investigation Police Chase

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #845)
Drug War Issues

An Ohio man walking to his job was struck and killed by a vehicle being driven at high speeds as it was being chased by police doing a drug investigation. Agyasi Ector, 27, becomes the 27th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to WDTN 2 TV News, citing law enforcement sources, Trotwood Police began chasing a vehicle "as a result of a drug operation." During the chase, the fleeing vehicle reached speeds of up to 100 mph, Captain John Porter said.

The vehicle crashed on Shiloh Springs Road near Olive Road, where Ector was walking. He was struck by the vehicle and killed.

The two men in the fleeing vehicle, who have not yet been identified, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital. Police said they face possible charges of murder and felonious assault.

Captain Porter said that despite the fatal result of the high-speed pursuit, police did everything right.

"It wasn't the officer that crashed in this," he said. "It wasn't the officer that lost control in this particular situation. We prepare the officers very specifically on policy and procedure, and as far as we can tell from our preliminary investigation, our officers followed all of those policies and procedures."

WDTN 2 TV News obtained a copy of the department's pursuit policy. It says pursuits should be called off if "the risk of continuing the pursuit is greater to the member and the community than the risk the suspect poses to the community if they escape."

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Anonymous510000 (not verified)

Well, well, well, well, well....  It's time for Church Chat again. Church lady: "So. Let's see... Pursuits should be called off if 'the risk of continuing the pursuit is greater to the member and the community than the risk the suspect poses to the community if they escape'? But what didja do? You chased and chased and chased and chased and chased, going faster. faster, faster faster. And then, what happened? Somebody got hurt. So, now you want us all to believe that you were just doing your jobs." Right... Not buying it. Just demonstrates one more time: There's no right way to do the wrong thing.

Bottom line? Sounds to me like they didn't follow the guidelines at all.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:11pm Permalink
John M Williams (not verified)

This is the direct result of the continuation of a sick policy which continues to treat it as a criminal rather than a medical issue. But even if the police insist on being a terrorist organization, they need to recognize that no motor vehicle can outrun a radio. Maybe a more strategic placement of donut shops would put them in better intercept positions...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:21pm Permalink
Mark Mitcham (not verified)

In reply to by John M Williams (not verified)

Exactly.  What's the big rush?  Pick 'em up in the next town for questioning, if it's that damn important.  But there is no such thing as a one-car high-speed police chase.  The freakin' perps likely wouldn't have driven at high-speeds if they weren't being chased at high speeds.  That doesn't make them innocent, but it does mean the police have blood on their hands, too, for creating a traffic hazard that was completely unnecessary.  And now an innocent pedestrian is dead as a result.  To "Serve and protect"?  Exactly who was served and protected in this case?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:20pm Permalink

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