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Accidental? Police cheif Jack Harris was quoted as saying the person in the pursued vehicle would likely be charged in connection with the helicopter crash. :roll: I sent an email to phoenix police saying that the driver of the chased car was NOT responsible for the unfortunate collision of the helicopters and should not be punished for that. And that if this is normal or standard procedure to treat suspected criminals unjust or unfairly, I find it disgusting and downright disturbing. It doesn't matter if the guy being chased by cops on the ground had broken a law or several, he was clearly not at fault for the chopper crash. That'd be like if some person at one of my high school basketball games had tripped, fell off the bleachers and died... and I was charged with manslaughter or murder just because he was there to watch me and the other players. I mean, he wouldn't have fallen off the bleachers if there wasn't a basketball game to attend. Does anyone else think it outrageous that the person being pursued would be punished further/more because these helicopters crashed while trying to show the thrill-starved American public what it likes to watch?
Anyway, yes, this is a sad story and event to have happened. It was an unfortunate accident as there are many unfortunate accidents every day. It's just that most of them aren't as flashy or unique as this one. It was certainly unfortunate and it's unfortunate that anyone gets hurt or killed in any accident. However, our military personnel signs up for the job knowing there's potential dangers and risks, as does a helicopter news reporter. Still, just because we know there are dangers doesn't mean we deserve to suffer when those dangers occur.
I just read a bit more of it and they're saying the guy who was being chased hit a marked police car that he saw which is considered assault on a police officer. It makes sense, but I wonder how they could know for sure that he saw the police car. I can't imagine there'd be any way to know for sure. Or is this one of those deals where you're guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent (and of course there's no way you can prove you didn't see the police car unless you were a blind person). I also wonder, out of curiosity, if it could still be considered assault on a police officer if that police car broke a traffic law which caused you to strike their vehicle with yours. I mean, if you're going through an intersection and you have a green light, and the cop comes through a red light to stop you and gets hit, that's not your fault even if you're being chased, right?