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.