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NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP Police chase ends in crash, possibly with serious injuries A police chase that started in the North Catasauqua area ended Wednesday night in a crash, possibly with severe injuries, according to police radio reports. Full Story

Since: Apr 09

Easton, PA

#1 Jul 16, 2009
C'mon out of the woodwork, cop bashers. Support the criminals and attack the police! Yeah!
Sad

Allentown, PA

#2 Jul 16, 2009
RIP Mr. Biker.....sorry my daughter had to see the aftermath......
Noname in Bethlehem

Kutztown, PA

#3 Jul 16, 2009
Don't run form the po-po

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Jul 16, 2009
I saw this one go down as well. One guy on a bike running from two police cars at a high rate of speed.

I go back to a statement that I made about a cop that got killed in a gunfight after a chase, everyone acted stupid, things get nuts and somebody gets killed.

This was a kid on a motorcycle. Stupid for running from the cops. Nothing is worth his life. The cops could've grabbed the plate and then followed at a discrete distance until more help arrives.

AND... the cops WERE a good distance behind him (at least a quarter mile) they were not on top of the bike. So, at any time, the biker could've backed out of this safely and been taken into custody.

This happened about a 1/2 mile from my home. Very tragic. One attending officer was very upset. My kids were close enough to see...details.

My sincerest condolances to this family on their loss and my support to the police for their grief.

Generally, when the he11 will people learn not to run or pursue? Just pull over when the cop hits the lights and be done with it. He isn't going to kill you. He's only going to annoy you. Big deal. You get a ticket and a fine. At least, you're alive.

Better still, just follow the stinking law and avoid it all together.
Guest

Hellertown, PA

#5 Jul 16, 2009
Amused Crack-er wrote:
C'mon out of the woodwork, cop bashers. Support the criminals and attack the police! Yeah!
So you think exposing the public to the extreme dangers of high speed pursuits are the work of intelligent people? Do you have a 17 year old sister or daughter? How would you like it if she were the one that got hit? What if she got killed and not the bike they were chasing? Would you consider her an innocent victim of a very preventable tragedy? Cops are supposed to be more with it than the criminals, but sometimes they are not.

Since: Apr 09

Easton, PA

#7 Jul 16, 2009
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>So you think exposing the public to the extreme dangers of high speed pursuits are the work of intelligent people? Do you have a 17 year old sister or daughter? How would you like it if she were the one that got hit? What if she got killed and not the bike they were chasing? Would you consider her an innocent victim of a very preventable tragedy? Cops are supposed to be more with it than the criminals, but sometimes they are not.
Where did the police do anything wrong? The person fled from the cops WILLINGLY. Lay the blame on the idiot who ran from the cops, not the cops who were doing their job.

I knew there'd be a cop basher in here shortly, supporting the fleeing criminal. For all the questions you asked, NONE of the answers lay blame on the police. They ALL are the fault of the idiot running from the police.
Guest

Saylorsburg, PA

#8 Jul 16, 2009
Amused Crack-er wrote:
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Where did the police do anything wrong? The person fled from the cops WILLINGLY. Lay the blame on the idiot who ran from the cops, not the cops who were doing their job.
I knew there'd be a cop basher in here shortly, supporting the fleeing criminal. For all the questions you asked, NONE of the answers lay blame on the police. They ALL are the fault of the idiot running from the police.
The problem with people like you is that you change what something really means and then treat that fabrication like it was real. Generally this behavior is consistent with the overly dramatic and less intelligent. I never supported the criminal; I could care less about the dead guy. You pretended that what I did and then got your panties in a bunch about something that never happened. I never said the criminal held no responsibility but the fact remains the police endangered the public more by chasing the guy for 10 minutes. Let me ask you this; if the police are in a gun battle and the criminal runs in to a mall, would you want them to continue just firing away, or would prefer everyone stops shooting; they do some actual detective work and hopefully arrest him later? The highest purpose of law enforcement is to serve and protect the public, not to cause a higher level of endangerment. Very simple actually, but you canít seem to understand it.

Since: Apr 09

Easton, PA

#9 Jul 16, 2009
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>The problem with people like you is that you change what something really means and then treat that fabrication like it was real. Generally this behavior is consistent with the overly dramatic and less intelligent. I never supported the criminal; I could care less about the dead guy. You pretended that what I did and then got your panties in a bunch about something that never happened. I never said the criminal held no responsibility but the fact remains the police endangered the public more by chasing the guy for 10 minutes. Let me ask you this; if the police are in a gun battle and the criminal runs in to a mall, would you want them to continue just firing away, or would prefer everyone stops shooting; they do some actual detective work and hopefully arrest him later? The highest purpose of law enforcement is to serve and protect the public, not to cause a higher level of endangerment. Very simple actually, but you canít seem to understand it.
Since you seem to be an expert in the way the police should handle situations, maybe you should teach them how to do their job? I'm sure they'd love to hear how an expert would do the job.

Yes, it's simple what you are saying and I do understand it. You also will have an answer for every situation the police will be in, and you will find fault with it.

"...the police endangered the public more by chasing the guy for 10 minutes...."

No, the police did NOT endanger the public any more. What should the police do? Chase for a couple of minutes, then throw their hands up and say oh well? Yeah, the criminals would LOVE for that to happen. That would get out the message that if they can run for a few minutes, they will be free.

The criminal was the ONLY one negligent here, and to lay ANY blame on the police is absurd. The police have it tough with people like you: They are darned if they do and darned if they don't.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Allentown, PA

#10 Jul 16, 2009
Guys - a young adult died here. I doubt that whatever crime he may have committed was worth his life.

You can't outrace the radio. Cops can call ahead, put up road blocks and so on. We saw the cops laying back on him. They weren't right there.

Maybe, if the cops would've shut off the sirens, the young adult might have thought they broke off and slowed down.

It's all second guessing. A life was cut short. Ok? We were at the scene. At the end, it's not criminal or cop... it's human and this young adult's mom got the call from he11 last night.

This mess was the end of something big, not the beginning. What if this kid was in an argument with his mother, mom called the cops to get the situation under control and the kid took off when he saw the cops. Nothing criminal in this situation, is there. Imagine what his last words to mom were or the other way around.

Why do I go on about "mom"? Because we heard on the scanner, "better call his mom".

Say a prayer for all concerned.

Since: Apr 09

Easton, PA

#11 Jul 16, 2009
stevej61 wrote:
Why do I go on about "mom"? Because we heard on the scanner, "better call his mom".
Right there. THAT is why I get so angry at these idiots who ride their cycles like there is no tomorrow. I always shake my head in disgust knowing that someday, a mother will have to bury her child. It's heart-breaking.
good grief

United States

#12 Jul 16, 2009
So, witnesses said the police stayed back - kept their distance- so the biker wouldnt have a need to go faster, etc....
Sorry, failing to see why the police are being blamed here. They have a job to do and if they didnt give chase to those who fled then everyone would flee.
Cops uphold the law, if you dont like the law then complain to your lawmakers.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Allentown, PA

#13 Jul 16, 2009
Amused... yeah and amen to that. Saw a biker doing wheelies down by Sheets on 145 the other day. That's the same spot another biker did a wheelie at excessive speed, dropped the bike and was killed for it.
What a wonderful world

Breinigsville, PA

#14 Jul 16, 2009
The cops did the right thing and still people want to throw blame at the cops. People are so ignorant. If anything, we need more cops on the roads chasing down all the idiotic drivers that are out there. It's like a game every day just driving and hoping to stay alive. People are insane with the way they drive and act as if they need to be the one and only that matters on the road. Slow the he11 down and be a little courteous and the roads would be much safer. Back to the topic. Sorry to hear this young man died, but sad to say, he did it to himself. Motorcycles are death traps and I know people will argue that but you have to admit, most motorcycle accident end in death. You don't stand a chance. But again, the cops were in the right and did the job that they have sworn to do and anyone blaming the cops for anything is sad to see. Get A life and stop worrying about what the cops are doing. At least they are doing there job and doing what they are supposed to do. How would you feel if this motorcycle hit someone you loved and killed them because of the way he was driving? And if the cops would have stopped the chase, you would blame the cops for not continuing.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Allentown, PA

#15 Jul 16, 2009
What a wonderful world wrote:
The cops did the right thing and still people want to throw blame at the cops. People are so ignorant. If anything, we need more cops on the roads chasing down all the idiotic drivers that are out there. It's like a game every day just driving and hoping to stay alive. People are insane with the way they drive and act as if they need to be the one and only that matters on the road. Slow the he11 down and be a little courteous and the roads would be much safer. Back to the topic. Sorry to hear this young man died, but sad to say, he did it to himself. Motorcycles are death traps and I know people will argue that but you have to admit, most motorcycle accident end in death. You don't stand a chance. But again, the cops were in the right and did the job that they have sworn to do and anyone blaming the cops for anything is sad to see. Get A life and stop worrying about what the cops are doing. At least they are doing there job and doing what they are supposed to do. How would you feel if this motorcycle hit someone you loved and killed them because of the way he was driving? And if the cops would have stopped the chase, you would blame the cops for not continuing.
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What a wonderful world

Breinigsville, PA

#16 Jul 17, 2009
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