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Twenty-one Dallas police officers were disciplined Thursday for violating department policy during a high-speed pursuit in September that left one of them seriously injured.
None of the officers were authorized to be involved in the 28-minute chase that began in Lake Highlands when a driver tried to run over several officers during a confrontation in an apartment parking lot.
On October 17, 2008 10-year-old Cole Berardi died after he was struck by a Dallas police officer while riding his bike. The accident occurred on South Beltline Road in Southeast Dallas at approximately 8:00 PM. A Dallas Police Department officer was responding to a call when his squad car struck the child as he was riding his bicycle in the street. Berardi was rushed to Baylor Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
officers can only go 20 miles faster than the speed limit with flashing lights and sirens. In school zones and residential areas, officers must follow the posted speed limits. The only exceptions are when another officer's life is in danger or during a pursuit.