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PursuitWatch.org's Response


From the "Blue Knight's" opening sentence, he/she is already off target. First, a restrictive policy would drastically cut down the number of officers lost in the line of duty, who are currently more likely to die in a pursuit then from the discharge of a firearm. Second, the writer mislabels those who run from the police. PursuitWatch supports the pursuit of rapists, murders, carjackers, and "recidivist thugs," but not those who have a broken mirror, exceeded the speed limit, or those who have committed other non-violent crimes. Does the "Blue Knight" support deadly force on a 23 year old who does not want to be caught with beer in a dry county?

As for this "fantasy world" comment, I can only assume it comes from the claim that there was not a increase in the number of crimes committed in Orlando following the adoption of its "anti American pro-socialist agenda" policy. Next, the "Blue Knight" claims the murder rate will go up if the death penalty is abolished. I ask Mr. Knight to read this: Dr. Fagan's Testimony.

The "traumatic experience from past police involvement that didn't go in your favor" was the murder of my sister, Sarah, in late 2001.

I felt that choosing red font would provide further evidence of my "anti American pro-socialist agenda."

Does calling me a "democrat" with such malice imply that you are not? Do you not believe in democracy? I guess a autocracy with you at the helm is the right way to go. I, and an overwhelming majority of Americans, including President Bush, are huge supporters of democracy. Perhaps you should learn the difference between a democrat and a Democrat.

If you take a poll of police officers, I'm sure you will find that the only reason they pursue is to find the guy that is on his way to my house to "hold [me] at gunpoint while his thug partner robs and rapes [my] wife and then shoots [me] in the face because [I] looked at him." I'm sure that happens all of the time in cities where the pursuit policy is strict.

Finally, in order to prove the final paragraph incorrect, I direct Mr. Knight to PursuitWatch's Mission Statement. One sided, irrational, ignorant statements like this, no matter what side is being argued, accomplish nothing. Unforunantly, Mr. Knight's attitude only hinders his argument.

John Phillips


Recently, a somewhat angered viewer sent this letter to PursuitWatch. All discourse is welcomed and if permission is granted by the writer, will be published on PursuitWatch.org. 

      I don't know why you or anyone else who lives in Florida would
advocate a restrictive pursuit policy that would be more beneficial to
felons than to the police officers.  If truth be known the problem truly
lies with the recidivist thugs who rome our streets with no consequences for any of their anti social behavior, especially juvenile offenders. If you
want my opinion, bring back the fleeing felon laws where you can use deadly force on them if they flee from a forced felonious crime, this would be a giant deterrent. Judges, state attorneys and politicians are refusing to do anything about crime in our country. O.K., forget the pursuits, if that's what you liberals want, take them away completely  but at least give some type of  tool to the police forces  before the crime gets any worse than it already is.
        You guys must live in a fantasy world if you think that crime is
going down, its only reported that way by manipulated statistics. Police
chiefs and mayors all know this so they use the FBI's crimes statistic
reporting criteria to manipulate the stats as they see fit. This makes them
look good for political purposes.  As long as we have money, cars and drugs and people who covet them in the streets of America, violent, evil crimes will persist.   Lessoning the ability of police officers to react with
instinct then putting some redundant forty page pursuit policy in effect,
then hold them accountable to the point where their livelihood and career are on the line if they don't follow this policy to the "t," is on the same absurd liberal agenda and mindset as abolishing the death penalty then believing that murder will not increase.
        You must have had some type of traumatic experience from a past
police involvement that didn't go in your favor and now all you want to do is criticize and advocate anti-law-enforement legislation. Your web site is nothing more than a facade for your anti American pro-socialist agenda. You are a liberal democrat with nothing better to do than arm-chair quarter-back everything that rubs you the wrong way,   then you stir up trouble and whine about the way police fight crime because its not to your satisfaction. Why don't you just put yourself through a police academy and then ride along with some real police officers for about six months...then you can make your social engineering decisions based on what you see and experience.  Do you honestly think that police actually like pursuing vehicles at high speed. Some adrenaline junkies may tell you they do, but they don't, no one does. Officers are just trying to get a recidivist thug off the streets before his anti social behavior leads him to your house-- he breaks in --holds you at
gunpoint while his thug partner robs and rapes your wife and then shoots you in the face because you looked at him.  That's why police officers pursue. Sure there are going to be some innocent people that are hurt and I'm regretful that has to happen. Sometimes bad things happen to good folks, but don't blame the police, put the blame where it belongs.
        I also noticed your back firing Poll. It seem that most people want
the police to pursue after their stolen property or the thug that just
robbed them. They also want violent antisocial thugs to get the punishment they deserve. They want honest anti crime judges, honest anti crime police chiefs, honest anti crime state attorneys and honest-- aggressive-- anti crime police officers that put dangerous pieces of trash behind bars where they belong and don't have to worry about the idiots like you  who go lawyer shopping every time the police don't follow some ridiculous policy to every letter.


        The Blue Knight

P.S.  I challenge you to put this letter on your site.



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