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Who Says Private Citizens Cannot do Police Work?
Mar 9th, 2018 at 1:38pm
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https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/14-Year-Old-Reports-for-Police-Duty.html

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A 14-year-old boy accused of impersonating a police officer and going on patrol for five hours has pleaded not guilty.
 
The teenager appeared in a Chicago juvenile courtroom on Monday in a purple sweater with his hands cuffed behind his back. A judge ordered that he be held at the juvenile center because he could pose a danger to himself.

Rev. Roosevelt Watkins, a South Side Minister, said the arrest was shocking but not a surprise.  Watkins and his wife took in the 14-year-old for 11 months after the boy’s mother kicked him out of the house for being defiant.

"He's crying out for someone to help him because he's technically homeless," Watkins.

Rev. Watkins said the teen was arrested in December, 2007 for impersonating a police officer and again last month at the Ford City shopping mall while wearing a police uniform.

Savvy enough to sign out a police radio and ticket book, a 14-year-old spent hours driving around the city on traffic duty before returning to the station where someone realized was something wrong.

On Sunday, Chicago Police said the boy came dressed up in a regulation uniform and worked five hours of a shift at the Grand Crossing District police station.  It's unclear where he got the uniform.

"He has a fantasy, he's infatuated with becoming a police officer," Rev. Watkins said.

The boy reportedly was able to get a police radio, ticket book and ride with an officer for several hours before being questioned by a sergeant who realized his true identity. Because the boy had been in a "police explorer" program where he shadowed officers, he was able to follow procedures with out being noticed.   

The boy now faces felony charges of impersonating a police officer.


I imagine he worked harder than most of his fellow officers that day.  His partner might have known something was wrong when the kid didn't want to spend half the shift at Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts.
  

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Re: Who Says Private Citizens Cannot do Police Work?
Reply #1 - Mar 9th, 2018 at 6:04pm
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In order to do police work, one must be granted police powers.

Feel free to ask questions if you don't understand.
  
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Re: Who Says Private Citizens Cannot do Police Work?
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Jeff wrote on Mar 9th, 2018 at 6:04pm:
In order to do police work, one must be granted police powers.

Feel free to ask questions if you don't understand.



He was.  By the police themselves.  Didn't you read that part?

The boy reportedly was able to get a police radio, ticket book and ride with an officer for several hours
  

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SnarkySack wrote on Mar 9th, 2018 at 8:02pm:
He was.  By the police themselves.  Didn't you read that part?

The boy reportedly was able to get a police radio, ticket book and ride with an officer for several hours
Police powers don't have anything to do with riding around in police cars and having a 'ticket book' or police radio.
  
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Re: Who Says Private Citizens Cannot do Police Work?
Reply #4 - Mar 10th, 2018 at 8:54pm
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Jeff wrote on Mar 10th, 2018 at 7:21am:
Police powers don't have anything to do with riding around in police cars and having a 'ticket book' or police radio.


Oh, really?  He pulled drivers over.  The police won't say whether he wrote any tickets.  If he did and the motorists pay them, you think the police will give them the money back?  Hell, no.  They'll say 'well the guy really was speeding, so . . . '


  

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Re: Who Says Private Citizens Cannot do Police Work?
Reply #5 - Mar 11th, 2018 at 8:20am
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SnarkySack wrote on Mar 10th, 2018 at 8:54pm:
Oh, really?  He pulled drivers over.  The police won't say whether he wrote any tickets.  If he did and the motorists pay them, you think the police will give them the money back?  Hell, no.  They'll say 'well the guy really was speeding, so . . . '


Ha ha.

Had he been alone in the police car pulling people over he would have been committing a crime.

If he wrote me a speeding ticket and signed his name to it, I'd save it, but I wouldn't pay it or appear in court, nor would I be required to.

Impersonating a police officer does not give you police powers.
  
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