The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this week that just because a person flees from police that does not constitute a presumption of guilt. In particular, the court stated that black men who fled from police had a particular reason to fear being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.
The case referenced the December 18, 2011 arrest of Jimmy Warren. Warren was stopped by a Boston police officer who was investigating a robbery. Warren fled on foot but was later captured and charged with possession of an unregistered handgun.
The court cited the lack of specific information tying Warren to the earlier robbery and then issued the following statement regarding his flight: