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Tuesday's police chase raises protocol questions

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The incident has raised a few questions about the protocol used by police and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

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Moorhead Police has launched an internal investigation, while Fargo Police are questioning tactics used by the BCI.

Moorhead Police are compiling video evidence and police reports to determine whether their officers acted appropriately.

They say the pursuit began around 7 p.m. after the BCI notified them that Feist was in Moorhead.

When police attempted to pull him over, he sped off.

In addition to the investigation, they are reviewing their current vehicle pursuit policy to ensure they are acting in the interest of public safety.

Lt. Troy Jacobson/Moorhead Police Department: "Knowing that the pursuit did, in fact, go out onto the golf course is concerning for anyone. And with that knowledge, we want to make sure that we view those decisions in the proper light."

Meantime, Fargo Police have concerns about how the BCI handled the situation.

Lieutenant Joel Vettel says communication from the agency with their department was lacking.

In addition, they are questioning their tactic of entering West Acres Mall in plainclothes, with their guns drawn.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police Department: "Our citizens really didn't know how to react to that situation. They were confronted with armed individuals and at first blush it was extremely difficult for them to distinguish them as law enforcement officers."

Regarding the pursuit, Lt. Vettel says their department made the right call in not getting involved in the chase.

Read More: Moorhead police chase suspect on golf course before West Acres mall arrest; Fargo says it didn't join chase (w/ chase video)

Read More: West Acres calls experience "good training" for both mall staff and shoppers

Read More: Moorhead Police launch internal affairs investigation into high speed pursuit

 
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Becky Parker
Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at bparker@wday.com
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