Houston police chief suspended 1 day for hitting pedestrian
Houston’s police chief says he has accepted a one day suspension without pay after hitting a pedestrian with his city vehicle.
The department has released video of the accident that happened on Sept. 4. The chief says the investigation has concluded, and showed what he has said from the beginning, that he was at fault. He says as a result, he’s holding himself to a higher standard.
In the video, you can clearly see a man stepping off the curb and then the chief’s black SUV striking him as he makes a left turn. The impact threw the man several feet and police say the victim’s arm was possibly broken.
“It’s very unnerving when you strike someone with a vehicle and I’m very thankful he wasn’t more seriously injured,” Chief McClelland said.
Addressing the media Thursday, the chief announced the investigation is complete, and as a result, he has agreed to a one day suspension without pay from Mayor Annise Parker.
“I’m saying, I’m the boss, I should take a bigger hit,” said McClelland.
The chief says by accepting the suspension he’s holding himself to a higher standard. He said under similar circumstances, the normal disciplinary actions for any other on-duty officer would be a written reprimand.
From KPRC NBC Houston