I watch Cops once in a while. It’s not uncommon for a fleeing suspect to damage an innocent third party’s private property during his flight from the long arm of the law. Understandably, when this happens, a victim’s only recourse is to seek (unlikely) recompense from said suspect (although the police from time to time get criticized, and even sued, for continuing motor vehicle pursuits past the point where the suspect began seriously endangering the public).
But every so often while pursuing a suspect, the police themselves damage the private property of an innocent third party. In one recent episode a rotten wooden fence collapsed as the officers were clambering over it; in another instance, the suspect was hiding in the cab of a semi (not his), and the cops deliberately smashed the window with a baton to startle/intimidate him into submission.
Do the cops compensate the property owner in cases like this?