Generally speaking, university police departments aren’t looked on by students with the kindest of eyes. Normally these are the men and women who handing out underage drinking tickets, walking through dorms to ensure that noise levels are kept to a minimum, or occasionally handing out tickets for running stop signs and red lights. And that’s actually a good thing, we don’t actually want them to have to protect us from criminals. That would mean that there are real crimes actually being committed.
But let’s just say, for argument’s sake, that a criminal does come onto campus. You’d assume that the police would be able to catch them no problem, right? Well, the University of Michigan Department of Safety had an excellent opportunity to show what they were made of. And they bungled it. Completely bungled it.
Check out the Dukes of Harbaugh as they try and catch someone running across the quad, but instead just wind up with a lamp post under their car.
Update: The police car at fault here is actually an Ann Arbor Police Department vehicle, not the UMichigan 5-0. The police were chasing a suspect who was involved in a robbery.