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14-year-old boy impersonates Chicago cop

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:08 PM
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14-year-old boy impersonates Chicago cop

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Chicago police arrested a 14-year-old boy for impersonating one of their own on Saturday.

The boy, who has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer, walked into the Grand Crossing (3rd) District station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave., dressed in a Chicago police uniform, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. The boy, who reported for duty about 1:30 p.m., partnered with another police officer for about five hours. 


The boy identified himself as an officer from another district but was detailed for the day to Grand Crossing and also was savvy enough to sign out a police radio and a ticket book, according to a source.  The source also said the boy went on traffic stops with the officer he went on the street with.

Bond said the boy "did not write tickets" and said there was "no information to indicate that he [was] ever behind the wheel."

At an afternoon news conference police said the boy had no interaction with the public.

After his tour was over, a ranking officer became suspicious of the boy. The source said the officer discovered the teen was not a real police officer when he couldn't produce any credentials.

The source said the boy had an empty holster and a newspaper in place of a ballistic vest in his vest carrier.

Police described the boy as a former "police explorer," which means he was part of a community program run through the police department's Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) that allows youth to interact with Chicago police officers.  He was part of the explorer program in 2008 in the Englewood (7th) District.

"The boy was not armed and the matter is under investigation with Internal Affairs," Bond said.

Bond also said that how the boy acquired the police uniform was under investigation.  Police officers need to present identification while acquiring their uniforms.

"This individual [the boy] has identified an egregious breach in security," Deputy Supt. of Patrol Dan Dugan said at an afternoon news conference.

The boy, whom authorities were not identified since he's a juvenile, is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court at 10 a.m. Monday. 

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He also was alowed to drive and write tickets here is the rest of it




LOL this was too funny i had to post it


by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:08 PM
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jroseh68
by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:26 PM

WHAT!  Umm wouldnt you think they should have been suspicous from the beginning bc the whole story was fishy.  Umm yea thats crazy.

Jennifer
mommymeof2
by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:30 PM

So he was SAVVY enough to sign out a radio??? This night gets better and better!

abootie
by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:56 PM

I think you would be able to tell the difference between a 14 yo boy and a 21 yo man! COME ON!!! That's crazy and for 5 hours this other cop didn't realize it?! WOW!

WBloink
by on Jan. 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Yeah my DH and I were thinking the same think but it was kinda funny that he even got to write a few tickets i wonder if those people will have their tickets dismissed ????

Quoting abootie:

I think you would be able to tell the difference between a 14 yo boy and a 21 yo man! COME ON!!! That's crazy and for 5 hours this other cop didn't realize it?! WOW!


Jenn74
by on Jan. 26, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Must have been one old looking 14 year old.....WOW....Jenn

mommymeof2
by on Jan. 26, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Bond said the boy "did not write tickets" and said there was "no information to indicate that he [was] ever behind the wheel."

But he didn't. Says right here.

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