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Mayor Parker suspends Houston police chief following car accident

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has suspended Houston Police Department Chief Charles McClelland following an automotive-pedestrian accident he was involved in on Sept. 4.

"I am the boss; I should take a bigger discipline," said Chief McClelland during a news conference on Thursday afternoon. "This is why I am accepting my suspension."

The chief also explained during the conference that police officers do not receive citations when they are on duty driving city vehicles because they must go through the administrative process.

If at any time an officer is determined to be at fault for an accident, Chief McClelland said that incident will still be on the officer's personal driving record.

Chief McClelland released a video of the accident to FOX 26 News and other news outlets.

During the conference, the chief admitted he would enroll in a defensive driving course.

A man had suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center after he had walked in front of the car driven by Chief McClelland.

The accident took place around 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 4 in the intersection of Clay Street and Travis Street in downtown Houston.

Chief McClelland was not injured in the accident.

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