Video has surfaced of the Newark Police Chief Barry Connell blowing through a school bus stop sign in Ohio on Oct. 10, 2018.
Connell claims he was responding to a foot pursuit with a wanted felon, notes WBNS.
School bus driver Patty Hughes recalled how a student exited as the chief drove by without stopping:
She was on the last step and I saw out of the corner of my eye this cop go right by. It was an unmarked cruiser. You could see the lights in the back window. No siren, and I beeped at him and he slowed down at the tracks but then kept going. I was like, “Really?”
I told him my concern, I told him I had a video. He basically said he’s not interested in seeing the video. And he kept telling me, “Oh we can do that. As long as we use due diligence.”
I said, “Okay, let’s go with that argument. How do you have due diligence when you’re coming from behind a 60-foot long vehicle where you can’t see the front end of that?” Where’s their due diligence?
A police spokesperson said Connell believed emergency vehicles were allowed to pass school bus stop signs with caution.
Newark police says officers have been retrained on this, but Hughes wants the Chief charged as any other driver would be.
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