Chula Vista Star-News - 30 Jun 1968
Too Fast on the Gas
A few months ago, we commented on a National City police officer who, in running a foot-chase with an unarmed marijuana suspect, pulled out a gun and shot and wounded him.
We thought that this was unnecessary use of force and we were happy to learn subsequently that National City police regulations bore out our view on this.
Last week, there was another example of a National City police officer's over-zealousness when in a chase. This time police tried to stop a car to question the occupants about a fight. The car sped away.
The police car went lickety-split after the fighters' car, 70 miles an hour (according to the police estimate) through residential streets. The culprits got away. But the police car ended up in a collision with another car, which was heavily damaged. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Now we think National City, on the whole, has a fine police department, and we're all for the police getting their man. But t he police should use a little bit of discretion, too.