The Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released dramatic dash-cam video of a June 2018 police chase that ended with the suspect crashing into a Minneapolis playground, seriously injuring two children.
Kabaar Powell, 27, of Richfield, refused to pull over for troopers who tried to stop him for speeding on the morning of June 11 and he led them on a six-minute chase before crashing into a a playground next to Jenny Lind Elementary School in north Minneapolis.
Powell's SUV struck three siblings, seriously injuring a 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister who were playing on the basketball court.
Warning: The video may be alarming, but it doesn't clearly show the SUV hitting the children.
The video was released Tuesday because Powell's chance to appeal his sentence has passed.
The pursuit stirred debate about when authorities should call off a chase, but State Patrol Chief Col. Matt Langer on Tuesday said troopers involved in this chase followed operational guidelines.
"The critical incident review board found they were within our existing policy," said Langer. "It's not comfortable to see troopers drive fast ... but there are times when their jobs require it."
Langer added that State Patrol pursuits have risen 172 percent since 2010 and that they continually review best practice policies.
"If there was an easy solution, if there was an easy policy change that would eliminate the risk to everyone involved, we would do that," Langer said.
Powell was charged with two counts of fleeing an officer and causing great and substantial bodily harm, two counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of possessing a pistol without a permit.
He pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to 33 months in prison.