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Oops! Pretend cop pulls over real cop
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Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged. Turns out, the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.
 
Police in North Kingsville say an off-duty Youngstown officer was stopped Aug. 2. The officer was stopped by the alleged impersonator. He was driving a black sport utility vehicle with red and blue emergency-style lights.
 
Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells The Star-Beacon in nearby Ashtabula that the unarmed man in civilian clothes repeatedly tried to convince the Youngstown officer that he was a real lawman. Eventually, the fake cop drove away.
 
Flanigan says the officer contacted village police. They found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old North Kingsville man faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating an officer.
 

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What's the harm in "impersonating an officer?"
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COMMENTS (32)
  • p2-mitchell-pen
    8/13/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    You can pretty much say this was just a bad day for the impersonator. Even though it is not right to impersonate a officer it is still un-lucky. Imagine what he could of done. He could of gave out fake tickets or fake arrests or maybe even false charges. It was a good thing he was caught nobody would know what else he could of done.

  • p2-charles-pen
    8/13/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    If someone impersonates a officer inocent people can be tricked and even get hurt. If a fake officer tricked someone they could lose some important items such as a drivers license, credit card, and even money! Some people might get there bank account or any account of importences lost to a fake officer. People may even get arrested and impersanated for what a fake officer had done. Even though it is very unlikly people can impersonate officers and that means everyone always has to make sure that that It is the real deal.

  • p4-rayna-pen
    8/13/2015 - 12:31 p.m.

    To any kids that read this DO NOT do that!

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    8/26/2015 - 07:59 p.m.

    The man impersonating a cop should be very ashamed because he pulled over an off-duty cop. In the first place, I would not have imagined to do such a thing. The man should have thought about the consequences because now he is facing a misdemeanor charge for impersonating a cop.
    What's the harm in "impersonating an officer?"
    Answer: The harm is that people might think there is a real emergency and they might panic.

  • stevenh-mci
    8/31/2015 - 11:35 a.m.

    It is illegal to impersonate someting like a cop or a soilder in the united states

  • tashag-1-mci
    8/31/2015 - 11:44 a.m.

    The harm of impersonating an officer is getting caught and getting charges for impersonating an officer.

  • coled-fel
    8/31/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    CTQ: The harm in pulling over an officer is that the civilian could pull-over or even arrest someone they didn't like. It is also a federal offense.

  • kyleighp-fel
    8/31/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    The harm in 'Impersonating an officer' is that there could be an actual accident or something bad, and you'd be in the center of it all. This could lead to your own or somebody else's harm.

  • mimir-fel
    8/31/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    If people impersonate an officer, they could run into actual trouble and not have the correct training. Also, people should just be smart and not try to be other people, I mean duh.

  • kolbyd-fel
    8/31/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    The harm in impersonating an officer is that you may be shot. You may also have to go in a real police situation.

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