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Baby in car chase raises questions about police safety protocol

Two weekend police chases in two different parts of the state have many questioning the safety protocol of pursuing suspects. What do you think? Is it ok for police to chase suspects through neighborhoods?

In the capital city, a chase from neighboring Clinton ended with a wreck in the front yard of a west Jackson home, as Jackson city councilman Melvin Priester was walking with his family, who saw the wreck. One year ago today, Clinton police chased shoplifters into Jackson: that chase ended when the suspects crashed into a car, killing that driver.

On the Gulf Coast, an alleged car thief was chased through the streets of downtown Ocean Springs: that chase ended when the woman driving was t-boned while running a red light: she’s 23 year old Celeste Williams. She had her 9-month-old daughter with her in the stolen vehicle. Jackson county sheriff Mike Ezell says his deputies were right in trying to stop the vehicle after learning a child was in danger.

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