San Antonio Officer Receives 30 Day Suspension After Killing Pedestrian

A San Antonio police officer who hit and killed a pedestrian while speeding to respond to an aggravated robbery call was suspended for 30 days without pay.

According to ABC12, Officer Aaron Klopp agreed to the discipline in August, and it was reduced from a proposed 45-day suspension.

According to the agreement, “Officer Klopp was driving in the center turn lane of San Pedro Avenue at a rate of speed of between 70-75 miles per hour. Officer Klopp failed to exercise reasonable care in the operation of his city vehicle, deviated from established driving practices, and was the major cause of the collision and death of the pedestrian who was standing in the center lane of San Pedro Avenue.”

Officer Kloop was drivng “code 3” to the call, with lights and siren activated, which gave him legal authority to speed to the call.

At the time of the accident, police said the impact threw Espinosa into the opposite lanes of traffic, where he was hit by another vehicle. Espinosa died at the scene.

Klopp will not begin serving the suspension term until Jan. 5, 2019. When he returns to work, he will be required to attend training and will be placed on administrative duty until Chief William McManus gives him a permanent assignment, the document said.

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