Killing the Innocent Does Not Save Lives

By Albert Boland
Dobbins, California

April 24, 2005—Once again the California Senate Committee on Public Safety
will soon conduct hearings on the issue of innocent bystander deaths and injuries resulting
from Hi-speed Police Pursuits on California streets and highways.  

And once again California Law Enforcement will oppose any and all efforts to
eliminate the existing IMMUNITY from Civil Liability where Law Enforcement
departments are concerned, even though the

California Court of Appeals has openly condemned the existing immunity from Judicial
Process as being nothing more than "A get out of liability free card" and referred to Blanket
Immunity as "appearing to have shifted too far toward immunity and left Public Safety, as
well as compensation for innocent victims, twisting in the wind."

California Law enforcement organizations contend that catching the "Bad Guys" is more
important than the safety of the general public, even if it kills the general public in the process

Note: In 1996, Mr. Boland's 18-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, was an innocent bystander
killed in a pursuit where the pursuing officer was told to stop the pursuit because of heavy
traffic ahead on the highway. The officer refused to back-off and Sarah was killed when the fleeing
suspect struck the car in which she was a passenger. When Sarah's parents filed a wrongful
death law suit, it was summarily dismissed, and Sarah's parents received a bill from
the City of Sacramento for more than $6,000 for the city's legal fees. Fortunately,
a judge later ruled that Sarah's parents had suffered enough and did not have to
pay -the city's $6,000 bill.