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JPD Asks MBI to Investigate Madison Police High Speed Chase

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The Jackson Police Department is asking the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to look in to a high speed chase of suspects through the city by Madison Police. A by-stander was injured during the chase.

"The facts that have been presented to date did not show that a criminal act occurred that would justify a high speed chase," said JPD Ofc. Colendula Green. "As a result of the actions taken by the Madison police officers, the Jackson Police Department has solicited the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to conduct an independent investigation."

The following is the press release on the matter from JPD:

On February 23, 2014, the Madison Police Department engaged in a hot pursuit chase in that began in the Jackson city limits. Based on the information compiled by the Jackson Police Department, an alleged incident occurred at the Target Store in Jackson and outside the jurisdiction of the Madison Police Department. According to the incident reports Madison Police Officers engaged in a high chase pursuit without the authority or assistance of the Jackson Police Department. The Madison officers had no arrest powers for an alleged crime that occurred in the city of Jackson. There was no request for assistance to investigate a crime in Jackson. The officers only contacted JPD after they were already on scene at the Target Store and pursued a high speed chase.

The Jackson Police Department policy regarding high chase pursuits takes into consideration the inherent dangers of high speed chases on the public thoroughfares. The facts that have been presented to date did not show that a criminal act occurred that would justify a high speed chase. As a result of the action taken, at least one innocent by-stander was seriously injured.

As a result of the actions taken by the Madison police officers, the Jackson Police Department has solicited the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) to conduct an independent investigation. Public safety in the City of Jackson is this Department's ultimate concern and responsibility. We encourage the assistance of other agencies but only within the means allowed by our policies and the law.

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(Original story - February 23, 2014)

The Madison police department is under fire after weekend a high speed chase through the streets of Jackson sent a man to the hospital.

The Sunday afternoon chase ended with a crash that left a big hole in a building on Gallatin Street near downtown.

A man caught up in the middle of the chase was seriously injured. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.  

The chase started after Madison police officers came to the Target store on Countyline Road. They had gotten a tip that auto burglary suspects wanted in Madison may be at the store.

According to Jackson assistant Police Chief Lee Vance, Madison notified JPD that their officers would need backup after they had already arrived at the store.

Vance says one of their patrolmen was dispatched.

By the time the JPD officer arrived on the scene, the chase has already started.    

Speed reportedly exceeded 100mph as Madison officers pursued the suspects down Interstate 55 and into the city. But the officer didn't join the chase because it was just too dangerous, Vance told us.

"We limit ours to violent felonies. We are not going to be chasing people for property crimes, especially in a situation where you get a high traffic area and the speeds get excessive."  

There was an initial crash at I-55 and High street, which may have damaged other vehicles.

We called Madison police to get answers about the decision to allow their officers to put so many lives at risk. A spokesman refused to answer questions and eventually hung up the phone.

We will continue working to get you answers.

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