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A Florida police chief shows his badge to get out of a ticket. and these were the results

Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor, who resigned after showing her badge to an officer to avoid a ticket.

Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor, who resigned after showing her badge to an officer to avoid a ticket.

A Florida police chief who was driving a golf cart without a license plate was pulled over last month by a coworker and flashed his license plate to avoid a ticket. A few weeks later, he was asked to resign from his post.

Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor, 52, resigned Monday after a Nov. 12 traffic stop in Pinellas County. Body camera footage released Thursday shows O’Connor in a golf cart with her husband, Keith O’Connor, asking an officer to let them go.

“I’m the Tampa police chief,” O’Connor said before handing the officer his badge. “I hope he will let us go tonight.”

He then gave the agent his business card and asked him if he “needed anything to call him”. The officer who stopped the golf cart for not having a license plate on a public road let him go without a ticket.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, O’Connor did not inform Tampa Mayor Jan Castor about the traffic stop until Wednesday, more than two weeks after the incident. Shortly after, Castor viewed the footage and ordered an Internal Affairs investigation.

Castor announced this on Friday O’Connor was on administrative leave, In a statement released on Monday, Kester said he was O’Connor asked to resignGiven that it is unacceptable for an officer to demand special treatment because of his position.

The Office of Internal Affairs found that O’Connor violated the department’s “standards of conduct” and “abuse of position or identity”.

“The Tampa Police Department has a code of conduct that includes high standards of ethical and professional behavior that apply to all members of our police force,” Castor said in his statement. “As a police chief, you must not only follow and enforce those rules, but also lead by example. That clearly did not happen in this case.”

O’Connor told the internal review captain that it was a mistake to ask to be released without a ticket. However, he insisted that he identified himself as a police officer for “protection”.

In her statement, Castor said she was disappointed with O’Connor because he had already given her a second chance 25 years earlier.

According to Tampa Bay TimesThe second occasion was referring to Castor O’Connor’s behavior and his arrest during a traffic stop in 1995.

Decades earlier, O’Connor had been pulled over by a Hillsborough police officer along with her then-boyfriend, Keith O’Connor, who was a Tampa police officer. According to Tampa Bay TimesO’Connor obstructed officers attempting to breathalyze Keith O’Connor, kicked at the windows of the police car, and struck one officer on the shoulder and chest.

Officers arrested Keith O’Connor for drunk driving and O’Connor for assaulting a police officer, obstructing and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault and obstruction, but the judge did not enter a sentence.

Both officers were fired but later reinstated, their arrest having little effect on their ability to rise through the ranks.

Keith O’Connor retired as deputy chief in 2019 and now serves as Tampa’s neighborhood improvement manager, according to Tampa Bay Times,

in his Resignation Letter, O’Connor, who became police chief in February with a salary of more than $190,000, said she was leaving the department “with great sadness.”

O’Connor said in the letter, “I promised that I would serve the community I love to the best of my ability, as I did 22 years prior to my retirement and I feel that I have done so.” “

This story was originally published on December 6th, 2022 at 12:14 pm.

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