“The officer is prohibited from engaging in the pursuit until they receive permission from their unit commander or immediate supervisor,” it said.
Bryant has not publicly commented on the new policy.
Former police Chief Erika Shields put a policy into place last January that prohibited officers from pursuing fleeing suspects after a series of high-speed chases left innocent drivers dead.
In December 2019, a man was killed when a car fleeing police struck him as he was on the way to pick up medicine for his disabled child. The same month, a woman died when a suspect fleeing police in a stolen vehicle smashed into her car.
Instead of chasing cars, Atlanta officers typically request the assistance of Georgia State Patrol troopers, who are still authorized to chase suspects.
The updated policy comes weeks after the agency said one of its officers violated protocol ahead of a crash that left a woman dead.
On Dec. 9, an officer responded to a call about a stolen Jaguar at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Peachtree Center Avenue. When he spotted the red SUV at the intersection of John Portman Boulevard and Piedmont Avenue, he followed it while updating other officers on the vehicle’s location, officials said.
The vehicle eventually pulled in front of a gated entrance on Courtland Street, at which point the officer activated his emergency lights and tried to stop the luxury car, authorities said. The Jaguar reversed, striking the officer’s patrol vehicle before driving the wrong direction on Courtland Street at a high rate of speed, police said.
“The vehicle continued north, striking a utility pole near Juniper Street and 11th Street,” a police spokesman said. “Officers arrived on scene moments after the crash and observed the vehicle upside down and engulfed in flames. An occupant exited the burning vehicle with his body engulfed in flames.”
Police sprayed the man with a fire extinguisher and firefighters were able to extinguish the burning SUV, authorities said.
The man, who had been driving the stolen vehicle, was later identified as 23-year-old Donte Harris. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died of his injuries, police said. A woman riding in the passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released.
The fatal wreck remains under investigation. It wasn’t immediately clear if the officer involved in the incident faces disciplinary action.