I was reading the Guardian yesterday, as I often do being a leftie, snowflake, remoaner. Every few days, they publish a really long article called, imaginatively, the long read.
Last week they published one called Speed kills: are police chases out of control?
It is quite long so I'll forgive you if you can't be arsed but it is very interesting. The question is whether the police should pursue at all costs and how you determine at all costs.
The article itself is a bit hysterical. It starts with a pregnant girl, which is relevant only because her boyfriend was killed in a car chase. A police car came up behind a Fiesta which was registered to a known scrote so they decided to pull him. When they hit the lights, the driver bolted. Various police cars became involved in the chase which ended a few minutes later when the driver of the Fiesta lost it and, in the ensuing carnage, was thrown clear of the car. A police driver then ran over him (by accident). As it turned out, the driver wasn't the known scrote but the pregnant lass' boyfriend who had bought the car earlier that day. The Guardian then comes over all pink and fluffy, telling us about the baby and his family and yada yada. The article is quite damning but there are so many unanswered questions.
Why did he run? If he was the expectant dad and hooker with a heart of gold we are led to believe, why didn't he just pull over like normal people do? After all, I have thus far successfully managed to avoid being killed in a police chase I instigated by not instigating any police chases. Perhaps it was because he only had a provisional, had some Bolivian marching powder in his system, and wasn't insured? Why wasn't he wearing a seatbelt? Could it be because he was planning to be out and running when he got chance? The very fact that he tried to get away tells everyone that something is not right with the driver or the car, or both. The police can't possibly know that his girlfriend is up the duff and anyway that should be at the forefront of his mind not theirs. Had the police decided not to chase, and the driver had run into a bus stop full of nuns, the story would no doubt be "Police had chance to stop death driver minutes before crash death nun bloodbath carnage".
The article then argues that it's all a bit unnecessary anyway because they could just go round to his house to pick him up later on. Because I'm sure his first act upon buying the car would have been to ensure that the seller filled in the V5C and got it in the post. And the car would almost certainly be sat there on the drive.
The article then goes on to talk about the problem of thieving little barstewards on stolen mopeds robbing people at knifepoint and the novel solution deployed by the Met of knocking the little effers off at low speed. Given a choice between some poor sod getting stabbed for his wallet or phone and some teenage waster getting a few scrapes and bruises and a night in the cells, I'm going with option B.