The Supreme Court yesterday gave protection to police officers from lawsuits that result from high-speed car chases and the dangerous situations that arise from such actions. The case, which began in Georgia, stemmed from a situation in which a teenager (who was running from police) was run off the road by a police officer during a high speed chase and was paralyzed.

I have absolutely no problem keeping fleeing suspects from suing police officers who do whatever it takes to get the idiot, er, suspect, off the road. News flash: running from the police is a bad idea. You could kill me. I would like to shake the hand of the police officer who gets your dumb behind off the road – even if that means shoving your car off an embankment.

Running from the police in a motor vehicle is inherently different than running from the police on foot, which, according to standard criminal procedure, does not indicate that the person is guilty of any wrongdoing and, therefore, does not allow the officer the right to pursue the suspect. When behind the wheel of a car, the suspect is in control of a lethal weapon and needs to be stopped at any cost.

Justice Scalia said, “A police officer’s attempt to terminate a dangerous high-speed car chase that threatens the lives of innocent bystanders does not violate the Fourth Amendment, even when it places the fleeing motorist at risk of serious injury or death.” Amen! I’m glad the Court decided to protect us, rather than the morons who take off at 100 mph when they see flashing lights in their rear-view mirrors.

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