|Innocent Victims Remembered
August 10, Houston, Texas: A 15-year-old boy, his parents and his uncle were among six people killed Sunday night as a result of a police pursuit
See the faces of the innocent, click here.
They are our children, brothers and sisters, our spouses and parents.
They are our families and friends.
Every person killed leaves behind devastated families, loved ones and friends.
Victims' advocates brought awareness & the importance of "pursuit reduction technology" to The Hill.
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Sister of Belmont woman killed in police chase takes her plea to Capitol Hill.
|Adam Shapiro, Texas legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator John Cornyn, thanks Esther Seoanes for explaining how pursuit reduction technology might have saved her husband James' life.
||PursuitSAFETY chairman Jon Farris talks with Lisa Kaplan, Minnesota legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Amy J. Klobuchar, about the need to include pursuit reduction technology in the Byrne Grant and COPS technology funding for police.
| A technical wizard, Brian Crone (left) is a New Mexico congressional fellow for U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. After meeting with us, Crone sent an e-mail to the Director for Government Affairs of the Association of Global Automakers. In part, Crone wrote: "Earlier today I was meeting with Jonathan Farris who leads the non-profit organization PursuitSAFETY, which lobbies for technologies which could reduce the number of police pursuits which result in injury or death of innocent bystanders or police officers. I suggested to him to reach out to the automotive industry to see which technologies were either already in place or in development which have the potential to address his organization's concerns."
Also pictured from left are Esther Seoanes, Jessica Herrera Rodriguez, Maria Ipiña, Ellen Tucker, Candy Priano & Jon Farris.
Faces of the innocent and fact sheet, click here. Pictured below are your PursuitSAFETY lobbyists.
| Maria Ipiña hugs
her late daughter, Angeles Ipiña. Dallas, TX.
|Candy Priano prepares to ice skate with her late daughter, Kristie Priano. Chico, CA.
||Esther Seoanes is all smiles with her late husband, James Williford. Austin, TX.
||Ellen Deitz Tucker (right) models silly hats with her late sister, Donna Deitz.
|A last dance for Jessica Herrera Rodriguez with her late father, Reynaldo Herrera. Edinburg, TX.
||Jon Farris celebrates graduation day with
his late son, Paul Farris. Somerville, MA.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
PursuitSAFETY media representative Lucas Aragon from Westminster, CA, talks with NBC about another pursuit victim:
Vivian Nguyen, a seventh grader, died Thursday night as she was on her way home from Johnson Middle School in a crash that also injured her mother and 13-year-old brother.
A father's heart destroyed: NBC-LA
| Video plays on NBC-LA website.
PursuitSAFETY's chairman, Jon Farris, speaks out on CBS News San Diego.
The PursuitSAFETY Safer Way Award®
... for law enforcement agencies of all sizes in the United States and Canada ...
NEW! PursuitSAFETY provides one round-trip airfare to the conference site
and one night hotel room accommodations to the winning agency.
Actor Glenn Morshower cares and shares a personal message
Glenn says, “It has everything to do with risk versus reward. In many cases, where the suspect poses no immediate danger to the public, it's the chase itself that causes the threat. This is a pro-law enforcement campaign. I am a huge supporter of what it is police do. Policy and procedure are there for a reason and need to be followed." More ...
Not one of the deaths on this website resulted from a chase or a police response call to catch a murderer, rapist or pedophile.
• Crashes as a result of police chases and police response calls kill more than one person a day. One-third of the people killed are innocent bystanders.
• On average, these crashes kill one officer every six weeks.
• According to a 2004 Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center analysis of nine years of national statistics [submitted on a voluntary basis], "One third of these pursuit fatalities occur to innocent bystanders.”
After the Chase...
Most people believe drivers who flee and are caught, go to jail. Not so. In 2008, Indiana State Police superintendent Paul Whitesell stated:
If we catch and arrest, the most common sentence is probation, followed by parole or they are released because there is "no room in the inn,” i.e., prison.
PursuitSAFETY's stance on legislation for penalties.