I found the following story amusing. Lots of people have tried to impersonate the police, but this one is noteworthy because of the impersonator’s age, his lack of bad intentions, and the fact that he was so successful at it – seems this 14-year-old worked an entire shift as a cop, including a role in apprehending a suspect!
March 3, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A teenager impersonating a Chicago police officer played a minor role in an arrest on January 24, according to Police Superintendent Jody Weis.
On Tuesday, Supt. Weis called on the U.S. Secret Service for a review of the security breach, which he called “outrageous, angering, disturbing and unforgettable.”
“In my mind it’s almost incomprehensible it could have happened. Unfortunately it did. It’s very disturbing, and that’s why we want to send a message that this can’t happen again,” said Supt. Jody Weis, Chicago Police Dept.
Weis said an internal investigation shows seven Chicago police officers broke department rules during the incident. All districts will be re-trained, according to Weis.
The 14-year-old boy- a former police cadet and apparent aspiring police officer- entered the back door at the Grand Crossing District Station on the city’s South Side on January 24. He was dressed in regulation clothing and police say it’s not clear where he got the uniform. He had no gun or CPD star, but was issued a radio and was sent out with a traffic officer. He worked an entire 5 1/2 hour shift.
“During that time the subject drove the squad car for approximately two hours, interacted with the public while responding to at least five assignments, operated the portable data terminal and participated in the detention of a suspect,” said Supt. Weis.
The impersonator played a minor role in the arrest of a violation of order of protection, Weis said. The boy briefly held the suspect’s arm behind his back.
After the shift, the teenager and the relatively new female officer he was riding with returned to the station, where a supervisor, unidentified, realized the teen was not an officer and had him arrested.
How is it so many others missed the fact the teen was not a cop- and unable to legally drive?
“I don’t know. They weren’t paying attention- perhaps- maybe they were lax. That’s why we did the investigation. Those answers we have to hold tight until we go through the adjudication stage,” said Supt. Weis.
For that reason, Weis said, the names of the 7 officers facing discipline, and the nature of the recommended sanctions cannot now be disclosed.
“Based on contract agreements we can’t identify the officers and in these situation if we gave out the ranks it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to realize who they actually were,” said Supt. Weis.
The boy’s name has not been released. He pleaded not guilty in juvenile court.
He is no longer in custody, but is wearing an electronic monitoring device.
4 thoughts on “You Are Under Arrest… But It’s Past My Bedtime”
Intriguing… Indeed, how did the department NOT know that the “officer” was 14 years old? He must have really looked old for his age. But… Police Academy 36: The Junior Years
I remember reading this story when it broke a few weeks ago. There are some kids who look much older than they are and I suspect he is one of them. My pastor has a son who always looked a few years older than he was- people said he was even shaving when a high school freshman. Conversely, there are those who look much younger- many actors you see playing a kid in high school are really at least 18 or older. The associate pastor’s son at my church is in his early 20s and looks 17.
There was an article the other day about an actress from my hometown – Warrenville – who is now on General Hospital or one of those daytime soaps. And all of the commenters on the story said she couldn’t possibly be 35, but she is and has always looked younger. She was a cousin in the Home Alone movies, and she tried to get into an R rated movie way back in the 90’s when she was around 21. She was denied entry into the movie because she looked so much younger, and later returned with her ID to get in.
I bet she could get the kid’s price though for a couple extra years. 😉