Crime Alert: West Memphis Police Chase Turned Deadly

Published 03/06 2014 06:18PM

Updated 03/06 2014 06:33PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Supreme Court is reviewing the use of deadly force in this police chase out in West Memphis
dash cam video from 2004 shows how this traffic stop for a busted headlight turned deadly.

The driver takes off leading officers on a chase through two states.

Police corner the vehicle, open fire then two minutes later the Honda crashes into a house.

Both suspects inside died. But the suspect's family sued, claiming the officers used excessive force.

"There is a line that you do not cross and deadly force is that line unless it's justified," says Gary Smith attorney for Donald Rikard's family.

"And in this case you don't think its justified?"

"Absolutely not," said Smith.

"They were reasonably in danger it was up in the air what was going on next. Certainly the public is in danger anytime somebody careens down the road at 100 mph or more," said Michael Mosley, Attorney for Police Officers.

A precedent set by the high court in 2007 favors police generally protecting them from civil liability in fast-moving situations like this.

Now this case gives the justices a chance to revisit that decision, testing the limits of police discretion in using deadly force.

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