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Tampa Police chief who flashed badge to Pinellas County deputy to face disciplinary action – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – The Chief of Tampa Police is embroiled in a golf cart controversy in Pinellas County after flashing her badge to get out of a ticket.

Last month, Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor and her husband had simply left a non-public group. They entered a public street in a golf cart and not using a license plate.

A Pinellas County deputy noticed them instantly.

Once stopped, the chief had her eye on the deputy’s physique cam.

“We went to the club. It was closed, so we went over and picked up some,” mentioned O’Connor’s husband.

“Is your camera on?” O’Connor mentioned.

The deputy responded that it was on.

That’s when she pulled out her badge.

“I’m the police chief in Tampa,” O’Connor mentioned.

“Oh, I was about to say you look familiar,” the deputy mentioned.

“I’m doing good,” O’Connor mentioned. “I’m hoping you just let us go.”

The deputy defined they’d had issues with golf carts within the space, however he allow them to off the hook.

“All right, then. Well, take care now. It was nice meeting you,” the deputy mentioned.

With that, O’Connor handed the deputy her card and mentioned, “If you ever need anything, call me.”

The chief is now apologizing and mentioned, “As someone who has dealt with, taken ownership of and grown from my past mistakes, I know that no one is above the law, including me.”

O’Connor had been arrested as soon as earlier than, throughout a visitors cease again in 1995.

She struck a deputy and kicked the home windows of a patrol automobile.

She was arrested on fees of battery on a legislation enforcement officer, fired and later reinstated to the power after pleading no contest to fees towards her.

She confronted push-back from metropolis council earlier than being appointed as chief in March.

Mayor Jane Castor, who selected O’Connor, responded to this current incident.

“We hold everyone accountable, no matter their position, and this behavior was unacceptable,” Castor mentioned. “Chief O’Connor will go through the due process and face appropriate discipline.”

The chief is now asking to obtain the identical self-discipline that any officer would obtain for comparable conduct.

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