Police volunteer resigns after bicyclist jokes

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Paula police officials have accepted the resignation of a volunteer reserve officer seen in a YouTube video joking about running over bicyclists.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1yQIizm) Laura Weintraub submitted her resignation letter Sunday.

Police Chief Steve McLean says Weintraub did the right thing in stepping down, saying she would not be able to function as a police officer in the community after the video came to light.

The newspaper says the video shows Weintraub in the passenger seat of a vehicle joking about bicyclists as the car passes them by. She also jokes about running them over.

The video ends with an electronically altered image of a car striking bicyclists.

A caption reads, "Like you've never thought about it...."

Weintraub was placed on administrative leave on Friday.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com