14-Year-Old Fakes Way Onto Chicago PD

Boy showed up in official uniform, arrested

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    A 14-year-old boy showed up at a South Side police station in full uniform until he was caught and charged with impersonating an officer.

    A 14-year-old boy showed up for work as a Chicago police officer over the weekend, went out on part of a shift and ended up charged with impersonating an officer.

    And he has reportedly done it before. 

    Rev. Roosevelt Watkins, a South Side Minister who took in the 14-year-old for 11 months after the boy’s mother kicked him out of the house for being defiant, told a Chicago radio station he wasn't surprised.

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

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    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 say  the boy came dressed up in a regulation uniform and worked five hours of a shift at the Grand Crossing District police station.

    He 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 department's internal affairs division is investigating.