Isn't the Coverup Always Worse?

 Posted on September 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

McClelland was driving east on Clay in the far left lane, Cannon said. He came to a stop before turning left onto northbound Travis on a green light, looked into the intersection and didn't see anyone in the crosswalk...."He made the left turn and suddenly an adult male stepped off the curb into a moving lane of traffic," Cannon said.

(Houston Chronicle, September 5, 2013.)

Contrast that HPD account of Chief McLelland's collision with a pedestrian, and the video, released a couple of weeks later:

It is untrue that McLelland "came to a stop before turning left." It is also untrue that his victim "suddenly stepped off the curb into a moving lane of traffic"

McLelland also claims that he was not texting or on the phone when he hit the pedestrian. This, I doubt.

This is not Chief McLelland being treated specially because he is the chief. It's Chief McLelland receiving special treatment because he is a cop. His victim is lucky the cops responding didn't plant a gun and dope on him.

McLelland accepted a one-day suspension. That's appropriate for the accident, which could have happened to anyone. It's not appropriate for the coverup. McLelland's account of the accident, proven false by video, calls into serious question his fitness for the job.

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