Woman blames police for daughter's death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman blames police for daughter's death

By Jamel Major - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The mother of a woman who was killed in an automobile crash Monday is blaming Memphis police for her daughter's death.

Tuesday, still coming to grips with the death of her daughter, Iyana Swindle, Penelope Smith said she was outraged.

"I'm very angry at the policeman," she said. "I'm angry at the world.  I'm angry at them because they are not supposed to chase anyone."

Swindle, a pregnant mother of two, was driving south bound on Mitchell, where police were chasing a suspect driving a stolen car.  The suspect ran a light at Horn Lake Road, slamming into Swindle's car.  She died a short time later.

"Why the hell did you all chase this man? Why didn't you let him go?  Should have just waited.  They knew who he was.  All they had to do was wait to get him," Smith said.

Memphis Police Deputy Chief Joe Scott said there are rules and procedures currently in place regarding police pursuits.

"We have policies," Scott said. "All those will be looked at.  Everything will be examined and we'll conduct a thorough investigation."

"My baby is dead," Smith cried. "She had two kids.  She was five months pregnant...I want something to be done."

Memphis police have not yet charged the suspect, who was hospitalized after the crash.

Copyright 2009 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly