Injury Claims Prompt Ban on Police Chases

<i> Associated Press</i>

Police chases have been banned in Omaha because the city faces more than $10 million in lawsuits filed by people who claim they were injured during pursuits, the police chief said.

A 10-year-old law makes local governments liable for injuries and deaths connected with pursuits, even if officers were not negligent.

“There will be no police pursuits in the city of Omaha for any reason, period,” Skinner said Tuesday.

Five of the suits that prompted the ban were filed between October, 1986, and October, 1990. Five others--seeking a total of $7 million--were filed last month. All of the latest five claims stemmed from the same accident.