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Video: Houston Chief Strikes Pedestrian

September 24, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Houston Chief Strikes Pedestrian

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland has been given a one-day unpaid suspension for striking a pedestrian with his agency SUV earlier this month.

Chief McClelland, who must also take a defensive driving course, acknowledged his fault and said he would "hold myself to a higher accountability," reports KHOU.

The chief was on his way to work the morning of Sept. 4 when he struck attorney James Harris in an intersection two blocks from police headquarters. The chief was turning left at a green light and stuck Harris, who had taken six steps into the crosswalk.

Mayor Annise Parker handed Chief McClelland the discipline, which was harsher than what a patrol officer would recieve in a similar situation. Usually striking a pedestrian brings a written reprimand, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Comments (7)

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Georg Olsen @ 9/24/2013 1:11 PM

He hit an attorney... shouldn't there be some sort of bonus involved? What a brilliant mayor... gives the Chief a valid discrimination claim for excessive and unequal employee discipline, and also establishes the city's direct liability exposure before the attorney even files his claim!

Michael F. @ 9/24/2013 6:32 PM

Oh that's not offensive at all, Georg--considering your arrests have little to no impact without the involvement of a prosecutor. As for liability, you must think it's okay to run people down whenever they get in your way, if you don't think that this video establishes liability. The Mayor was being proactive in trying to avoid an almost inevitable lawsuit, and the Chief did the right thing in owning up to an obvious wrong (regardless of it being an accident or negligence).

S.S. @ 9/25/2013 6:06 AM

I saw no violation here. It was an attorney.

Tom @ 9/25/2013 6:35 AM

The Chief is a slacker. There are 29 more days in September and hundreds of attorneys crossing the street.

James @ 9/25/2013 10:44 AM

The article says the Chief was on his way to work. Why would the city punish him for something that happened outside of work and why would the city have liability for his actions?

Jim B. @ 9/25/2013 1:28 PM

Michael F., lighten up dude, Georg was making a joke. Kind of like: What's the difference between a dead dog and a dead lawyer in the middle of the road? There are skid marks in front of the dog. Joke, get it?

James, the article says he was driving a department vehicle.

Michael F. @ 9/26/2013 12:09 AM

Oh, it was a joke. I didn't realize--he didn't make it clear enough.

Bad cop. No donut!

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