“Police car chases are the deadliest part of police operations. We think they should be used cautiously and only for serious violent crimes where public safety demands the offender be immediately apprehended.” Shane Rattenbury said.
“The ACT has seen seven people die since 2004 on our roads in connection with police car chases, most of them related to stolen cars. That’s an average of one person per year which makes it a serious issue that warrants discussion.
UPDATE: Shane Rattenbury has put out another media release to complain that Zed Seselja and Simon Corbell are wrong in opposing his proposals:
ACT Greens Police spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, has expressed disappointment at the knee jerk reaction from the ALP and Canberra Liberals on police pursuits and frustration at their lack of commitment to evidence based policy.
The ACT Attorney General and the leader of the Canberra Liberals made factual errors in their comments this morning and contradicted evidence from AFP reviews.
“For our political leaders to go on air uninformed and make misleading statements on such an important topic is deeply disappointing,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Their comments this morning ignored and contradicted two important pieces of evidence.