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High court scrutinizes police maneuver

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2007 at 8:18 am |
February 27, 2007 8:18 am

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on the use of the PIT maneuver by law enforcement agencies.


Officers often use the maneuver in high-speed pursuits to stop drivers that are fleeing from them. In the maneuver, a patrol car bumps and spins the suspect car in an attempt to stop it. (Lakewood police attempted this technique just last week to stop a man who fled from then. The attempt was unsuccessful and the man crashed his car, then hid in a hot tub until police found him two hours later.)


In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a Georgia man was left paralyzed after officers used a PIT maneuver on his car. To read more about the arguments yesterday, click here.
A decision could have broad implications on a technique used by many, many police agencies.

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