Can LA Live Without TV Car Chases?

Since OJ’s low-speed freeway chase, the car chase has been a staple of LA’s TV news shows. Local stations often devote large chunks of their shows to police car pursuits. But the LA Police Department is “considering asking television stations to eliminate or significantly reduce their coverage of live police chases. The broadcast of police pursuits is more entertainment than informative, [police chief William] Bratton has said publicly and in informal discussions with local news executives, and could be interpreted as encouraging criminal activity. Such a change would mark a distinct shift for local TV stations.”