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St. Louis police: Officer Haynes not wearing seatbelt in fatal crash

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
(KMOV) -- News 4 is learning new information about the death of a St. Louis police officer who killed during a high speed pursuit.
 
The details about Officer David Haynes came to the surface during Wednesday morning's St. Louis police board meeting.
 
Chief Dan Isom reviewed the department’s pursuit policy because of the death of Officer David Haynes.
 
Isom is not recommending any changes but he did admit the officer was violating at least one policy when he died last month.
 
Haynes was pursuing a burglary suspect on South Kingshighway on March 24th when he crashed at the Oleatha intersection.
 
Chief Isom says he'll never know what was in the officer's mind as he pursued the car at high speeds seconds before crashing. Because of that he won't say that Haynes violated the pursuit policy.
 
But Isom says one thing is clear, Haynes was not wearing his seatbelt, as is required by the department.
 
That is an ongoing safety debate, because even though the public is required to, many officers don't like wearing seatbelts.
 
Officer Julius Moore died last year, not during a pursuit but while responding to a scene. Moore was also not wearing a seatbelt.
 
Any officer who doesn't wear a seatbelt and gets in an accident gets a mandatory one-day suspension without pay.
 
Officers apparently view seatbelts as a hindrance to them quickly exiting the vehicle. The chief is hoping these two deaths drive home the point of safety first.
 

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