Tampa’s police chief apologizes for flashing badge throughout golf cart cease

The police chief of Tampa, Florida, has apologized and is asking for a disciplinary evaluate of herself after she flashed her badge to get out of a cease for touring in a golf cart with out a license plate, officers mentioned Thursday.

Physique digital camera video from a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy captured the Nov. 12 encounter in Oldsmar, northwest of Tampa. Tampa police launched the video Thursday.

Chief Mary O’Connor, who was appointed in February, was a passenger in a golf cart pushed by her husband, police mentioned in a press release.

Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor in a golf cart driven by her husband in Oldsmar, northwest of Tampa, on Nov. 12.
Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor in a golf cart pushed by her husband in Oldsmar, northwest of Tampa, on Nov. 12.Tampa PD through YouTube

The video reveals O’Connor ask the deputy whether or not his physique digital camera is on, and when he responds that it’s, she says, “I’m the police chief in Tampa.” The deputy asks how she’s doing.

“I’m doing good. I’m hoping that you just’ll simply allow us to go tonight,” O’Connor says as she opens her badge case and palms it to her husband, the video reveals. The deputy lets them go.

The couple personal property in a “golf-cart pleasant group,” O’Connor mentioned within the assertion. However autos exterior of residential areas should have license plates.

She mentioned within the assertion that it was the primary time that they had left the group within the golf cart and that it was “poor judgment” to be driving it on a public roadway with out applicable tags.

O’Connor mentioned she supplied to pay any nice and apologized to the deputy. “I do know that nobody is above the regulation, together with me,” she mentioned in a press release.

Mayor Jane Castor mentioned that O’Connor “has voluntarily reached out to the Tampa Police Skilled Requirements Bureau asking to obtain the identical self-discipline that any officer would obtain for comparable conduct” and that an inside evaluate is underway.