COUNCIL CALLS FOR CHASE FELONY.
Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
With yet another police chase receiving wide television coverage this week, a frustrated Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. called Tuesday to make it a felony to prompt such a pursuit.
``We don't have a real policy on this,'' Councilman Nate Holden Nathaniel "Nate" R. Holden (1929-) served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1987 to 2002. He previously served a term on the California State Senate and was Assistant Chief Deputy to then Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. said. ``The only way to stop it is to make sure people go to jail if they force the police to go after them. We have to do something to stop this.''
Holden's call for a change in state law will be studied by the city as it prepares a package of measures to deal with the issue as Mayor James Hahn For the Iowa politician, see .
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However, their plea to television stations was ignored Monday during a dramatic 35-minute chase on city streets that went from downtown to North Hollywood, ending in the arrest of Refy Lusky, 41, of North Hollywood. Lusky was a suspected of shoplifting Ask a Lawyer
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``I was angry as I watched this,'' Holden said. ``Angry and disgusted. I hope everyone was.''
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Hahn had no comment about the council action and said he did not believe the television coverage of Lusky was warranted.
Councilman Dennis Zine, a former LAPD traffic officer, has called for meetings with the television industry to try to develop guidelines for the coverage of such chases.
Since becoming chief last year, Bratton has issued a number of appeals to the news media to limit their coverage of chases out of a sense they prompt additional problems.