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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The Phantom

Apopka, FL

#23 Apr 1, 2009
UNbelievable wrote:
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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.
Sounds to me like you called 9-1-1 once to report a crime, a reckless driver perhaps? The police dispatcher told you to back off and a unit didn't get there in time so you made the choice to lump the majority of cops in the "they're completely above the law, and who think that if THEY didn't discover the infraction, then it's not worth worrying about." Was it a larger agency who may have actually had all their units tied up on calls, I would think a larger agency may have slightly more to do than Lake County Deputies. Everybody gets mad when they call the police and they don't appear like a geenie in a bottle.
UNbelievable

Kissimmee, FL

#24 Apr 1, 2009
The Phantom wrote:
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Sounds to me like you called 9-1-1 once to report a crime, a reckless driver perhaps? The police dispatcher told you to back off and a unit didn't get there in time so you made the choice to lump the majority of cops in the "they're completely above the law, and who think that if THEY didn't discover the infraction, then it's not worth worrying about." Was it a larger agency who may have actually had all their units tied up on calls, I would think a larger agency may have slightly more to do than Lake County Deputies. Everybody gets mad when they call the police and they don't appear like a geenie in a bottle.
If you deduced all that from my post, you should consider a career in writing fiction. You've managed to generate a massive scenario that couldn't be further off base.

Sounds to ME like you're grasping at straws trying to lay the blame for substandard police performance at the feet of law-abiding citizens.
west

Orlando, FL

#25 Apr 1, 2009
The two men with the yard issue could have legally detained the kids by proclaiming a citizens arrest.
The Phantom

Apopka, FL

#26 Apr 2, 2009
UNbelievable wrote:
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If you deduced all that from my post, you should consider a career in writing fiction. You've managed to generate a massive scenario that couldn't be further off base.
Sounds to ME like you're grasping at straws trying to lay the blame for substandard police performance at the feet of law-abiding citizens.
Riiiiiiiiiiiight..it's your lie Pops, tell it any way you want to!
Fed up

Orlando, FL

#27 Apr 2, 2009
I would rather have fake cops like this running lose than real cops like the scum bag that drove into those kids Maitland Blvd last year. Did they ever charge him or was it all covered up ?
Chris

West Monroe, LA

#30 Apr 22, 2009
So what do I do if I get pulled over by an unmarked car that looks suspicious? Do I keep driving and then get arrested for " resisting arrest " if it's actually a cop?
SOMEONE WHO LIVES HERE

United States

#31 Sep 15, 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.
What an azz!
Corruption

Blaine, TN

#32 Sep 17, 2009
With all the crooked cops in Orange County Florida who would want to try and act like them? Most of these cops are fakes anyways.And crooked.

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