Fake cops: It's a felony

Fake cops: It's a felony

There are 28 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 31, 2009, titled Fake cops: It's a felony. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

John Mobley Jr., top left, Lawrence Bentley, top right, Joseph Coluccio, bottom left, and Scott Bliege have all been arrested for impersonating a police officer.

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Maxfield

Oviedo, FL

#1 Mar 31, 2009
This is very disturbing for citizens also. I have read numerous stories over the years of men impersonating police officers and pulling women over and demanding heinous acts and threatening to arrest them if they don't comply. If a plain car and not a patrol car tried to stop me, I would put on my flashers and drive to a public place before stopping.
Marc Gastion

Casselberry, FL

#2 Mar 31, 2009
I work in construction. I'm proud of that.

Sounds like some of these people need some real help.
Sam

Richardson, TX

#3 Mar 31, 2009
I know its not a good thing to act as a cop but for larry and joe, they did not do anything crazy like the media made it seem. I know both of them and its a bunch of crap. If kids were riding on my lawn thinking ita all fun and games I would probably do something to keep them away too! Kids have no respect these days. Get your stories sraight people...
steve

Oviedo, FL

#4 Mar 31, 2009
As if the real cops are not a big enough problem, Now we got to deal with the wannabees!
Maxfield

Oviedo, FL

#5 Mar 31, 2009
Sam wrote:
I know its not a good thing to act as a cop but for larry and joe, they did not do anything crazy like the media made it seem. I know both of them and its a bunch of crap. If kids were riding on my lawn thinking ita all fun and games I would probably do something to keep them away too! Kids have no respect these days. Get your stories sraight people...
I understand and I am sure I would do the same thing if some thugs were driving cars on my lawn. But in a bigger context, surely you understand how intimidating this would be to a woman driving alone after dark.
Jim

United States

#6 Mar 31, 2009
They had this problem in Michigan. Michigan now requires Police cars too be marked on at least one side, the fake cop problem went down.
Maxfield

Oviedo, FL

#7 Mar 31, 2009
Jim wrote:
They had this problem in Michigan. Michigan now requires Police cars too be marked on at least one side, the fake cop problem went down.
That's a great idea. Since OCSO wastes money on elephant guns and replacement weapons for dumb sherriff's who get their weapons stolen from their cars (yes it happened to Jerry not just Val) this would be a small expenditure that would really protect citizens.

LRT

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Since: Aug 08

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#8 Mar 31, 2009
More Nutz! We had men doing that here in S Fl. to women at night and doing some scary stuff.
In doubt dial 911!
Jeff

Winter Garden, FL

#9 Mar 31, 2009
This isnt aided by the disturbing trend I have noticed where cops are in cars that have no markings at all, look completely civilian, and race around everywhere. They literally race around trying to get people to race them in order to arrest them. Down in kissimmee they all drive brand new dodge chargers and magnums. But theyre really cop cars. I can always tell from the glow of the laptop inside the car or the big spotlight by the driver side rearview mirror they use when pulling someone over in the dark.
Gators Rule

Zephyrhills, FL

#10 Mar 31, 2009
They really need to get tough and give police impersonators some serious time behind bars to work through their social maladjustments and deter them from imposing their fantasies on those in need of help from a real Deputy.

I would even think a mandatory 5 year prison term for impersonating a law enforcement official is not only justified, but should become law as quickly as possible.
UNbelievable

Kissimmee, FL

#11 Mar 31, 2009
"One expert says this rare but serious crime can often be attributed to issues with authority or problems of feeling inadequate."
I agree. When you are tailing a law breaker and calling the cops to report him, and no one ever shows up, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
When you consistently see cops breaking the laws they're hired to enforce, and you try to report them to their superiors only to be ignored, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
I'm surprised more people don't impersonate officers. They'd probably do a hell of a lot better than the real ones.
Maxfield

Oviedo, FL

#12 Mar 31, 2009
UNbelievable wrote:
"One expert says this rare but serious crime can often be attributed to issues with authority or problems of feeling inadequate."
I agree. When you are tailing a law breaker and calling the cops to report him, and no one ever shows up, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
When you consistently see cops breaking the laws they're hired to enforce, and you try to report them to their superiors only to be ignored, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
I'm surprised more people don't impersonate officers. They'd probably do a hell of a lot better than the real ones.
I do agree with you but somehow never thought that impersonating a police officer would stem my feelings of inadequacy at the lack of safety I feel in my community anymore. Also treating others like the police treat us would be most uncool. I would be afraid people that know me would my mock my poor tastes in impersonating an office and making myself a joke.
The Phantom

Apopka, FL

#13 Mar 31, 2009
UNbelievable wrote:
"One expert says this rare but serious crime can often be attributed to issues with authority or problems of feeling inadequate."
I agree. When you are tailing a law breaker and calling the cops to report him, and no one ever shows up, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
When you consistently see cops breaking the laws they're hired to enforce, and you try to report them to their superiors only to be ignored, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and issues with authority.
I'm surprised more people don't impersonate officers. They'd probably do a hell of a lot better than the real ones.
Sound like you have some "inadequacy" issues. Did you get rejected from police work too???
west

United States

#15 Mar 31, 2009
The moron shouldn't have gone back to talk to the Windermere officers. They had already backed off.
Tupac Goldstein

Ormond Beach, FL

#16 Mar 31, 2009
Lots of dropped charges here. Looks like it isn't taken seriously.
DeLand FL Native

Melbourne Beach, FL

#18 Apr 1, 2009
As far as I am concerned, these folks who impersonate a police officer are almost downright stupid. With the "utmost" respect that majority of our trouble making criminal element gives towards our law enforcement community (sarcasm), I would venture to think pulling someone over is kinda sorta DANGEROUS (even for an officer much less someone who is not an officer)!!!!
Kov

Deland, FL

#19 Apr 1, 2009
Women need to be especially careful of this. I've heard too many stores, as have other people. I've even heard of stories of people dressed as officers that will go up to your home and pretend to be good cops only to commit something such as a home invasion.

I personally would never pull over in a non-public area for any unmmarked police car and in the event of a cop showing up at my door, I'd be calling the police department and varyfiying that the person behind my door is who they say they are.

I think they definitely need to crack down on this. The actual crime of dressing up as a cop may not be that bad, but the things that people do with it can be horrible.
USMarineCorp182

San Antonio, TX

#20 Apr 1, 2009
Jeff wrote:
This isnt aided by the disturbing trend I have noticed where cops are in cars that have no markings at all, look completely civilian, and race around everywhere. They literally race around trying to get people to race them in order to arrest them. Down in kissimmee they all drive brand new dodge chargers and magnums. But theyre really cop cars. I can always tell from the glow of the laptop inside the car or the big spotlight by the driver side rearview mirror they use when pulling someone over in the dark.
You are so smart. What about the cars that don't have mounted spot lights or lap tops. It is public record for budget and expenditures...more than 200 vehicles are unmarked in Orange County alone...the ones with mounted lamps are Traffic Units. Of the 200 only 20-30 are traffic so you miss the other 170 you drive by everyday. The tactical and Warrant service officers driver around in beat down Nissans and Econoline vans....

If people are stupid enough to race with a car that has the glow of a lap top or even a spot light deserves the arrest...
UNbelievable

Kissimmee, FL

#21 Apr 1, 2009
The Phantom wrote:
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Sound like you have some "inadequacy" issues. Did you get rejected from police work too???
Yes on the inadequacy issues, no on the rejection from police work.

I wouldn't impersonate a cop, but I can understand how others would (like the guys with kids tearing up their yard.)

I'm really pleased with our Lake County Sheriff's Office personnel, but I travel a lot and see cops from other areas who act like they're completely above the law, and who think that if THEY didn't discover the infraction, then it's not worth worrying about.
su par

Deland, FL

#22 Apr 1, 2009
This issue would not exist if governments stopped intruding in the personal lives of American citizens. It can not. So people go where the money goes for gratification. This will end at some point, possibly soon or the police, I mean Law Enforcement Officers will be demanding...."Your paperwork please"! Boy, a great nation with so much promise destroys itself in almost four decades. Shame on us. Shame on what we gave up. And may we survive the oppressions here now and coming.

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