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Times Ed Board chastises Scott Wagman, Bill Foster for position on police car chases

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Two candidates for St. Petersburg mayor seem to care more about garnering the endorsement of the city’s police than in the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

Former City Council member Bill Foster and businessman Scott Wagman said they would alter the current no-chase policy of the St. Petersburg Police Department that restricts officers from instigating a car chase except when pursuing violent felons. The candidates said they would allow pursuit of nonviolent suspects, even though a looser standard would undoubtedly lead to more injuries and deaths of innocents.

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