Biker’s friends blame police for his death after he sped away from them: ‘Police shouldn’t chase those riding motorcycles, it only kills people’
EAST CLEVELAND, OH. (BIKER DAD)–a Biker’s friends blame police for his death after he sped away from them. “Police shouldn’t chase those riding motorcycles, it only kills people,” Afro Dogs MC Cleveland’s Chapter Jay Reed told Cleveland.com. A member of that club Darrick “Slo Burn” Lee, 46, died after running from police on his motorcycle Thursday.
The Afro Dogs took part in a press conference with Councilman Kevin Conwell who is demanding an examination of pursuit policy. “We have to bring in experts and get some experts opinions on these chases, although the experts may side with the police,” Conwell said. “We have to create good legislation that can be managed correctly, and it should be a formal policy for the entire county.”
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Cleveland.com reports that East Cleveland Police have been involved in 150 high-speed crashes already this year. You can see their in-depth reporting here.
As for why Lee ran from the police, his friends aren’t sure. “They may try to kill you just for speeding, especially East Cleveland police who are known to be a corrupt police force,” Afro Dogs MC Cleveland’s Chapter Jay Reed said.
WOIO reports that a 41-year-old woman was also hurt in the crash. She went to a local hospital with minor injuries. WOIO says East Cleveland police Chief Scott Gardner said in an email Friday that his officers began to pursue Lee because he was driving recklessly. “There was a vehicle traveling northbound, as well as a motorcycle,” he said in an email. “The motorcycle attempted to overtake the vehicle, but the vehicle made a left hand turn into a store. The motorcycle T-Boned the vehicle.”
Many law enforcement agencies across the country apparently agree with the MC president here. They have policies against chasing motorcycles because they do so often end in death.