NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 27, 1984
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REPORTER: John Palmer
(Los Angeles, California) Incr. concern over wisdom of high-speed police car chases due to injuries and deaths of innocent bystanders examined; films shown. Helicopter-taped pursuit of murder suspect in Arizona shown as example [California highway patrol commissioner James SMITH - sees no alternative for police to pursuing suspected criminals.] Death rate in California highway patrol police chases outlined. [Bellevue, WA, police chief D.P. VAN BLARICOM - can't justify killing innocent bystander in pursuit of suspect.] Van Blaricom noted banning high-speed chases in Bellevue except for dangerous crimes. [SMITH - disagrees with such policy.] [VAN BLARICOM - would rather lose suspect.] Usual circumstances surrounding high-speed chase explained; deaths of illegal aliens during one incident in California last year cited as example 1982 death in Los Angeles of entertainer Alonzo Robledo when fleeing suspect hit his car recalled; photos shown. [Robledo's WIDOW - blames police for husband's death.] [Attorney Robert KIVO - explains lawsuit against police.] Awards given victims of high-speed chases by juries mentioned.
REPORTER: Noah Nelson
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