Chicago police officers will no longer be permitted to chase people on foot over minor offenses, the department stated on Tuesday.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced the new policy designed to increase safety for officers and bystanders. The change is set to go into effect by the end of the summer.
“The safety of our community members and our officers remain at the core of this new foot pursuit policy,” Brown said in a statement, according to NBC Chicago. “We collaborated internally with our officers and externally with our residents to develop a policy we all have a stake in.”
The new policy highlights the “sanctity of all human life” in the protection of the public, defining when pursuits are justified.
“The mere act of flight alone by