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A 14-year-old boy from Chicago has been charged with impersonating a police officer after dressing up in a copper's regulation uniform and reporting for duty at the city's Grand Crossing District station. The boy identified himself as an officer from another district, and despite not having a badge, he was assigned traffic …

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Fourteen?

I know kids are tall these days...but 14?

Maybe he should have joined the Vice Squad - Pedo Unit

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It's a wonder they did not give him a gun as well..

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Thank heavens for that

I thought it was just me thinking that police men were looking younger lately.

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Irony or bloody stupidity

With a conviction for impersonating a police officer he will not be able to live out his dream of becoming a policeman.

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And there goes his chance to ever be a cop!

I'm pretty sure they'll look down on that when the time comes for him to try and sign up.

Dumb ass!

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Eric Cartman

What a hilarious story, and it really makes you wonder why the kid did it. Boredom? Cos he could? Or did he like the taste of power when in the police out reach thing?

Reminds me of the classic Southpark where (for whatever reason) Eric Cartman ends up helping with the police. Oh, here we go: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Chickenlover

His screams of "respect my authorit-ah!" still crack me up, about 10 years after that episode was first on. In fact, I think I'm gonna have to find a mp3 of that catchphrase for a text-message alert.

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Disney too, I presume.

<Phineas and Ferb>

Aren't you a little young to be a Police Officer?

Why yes. Yes I am.

Hahaha. Ok then. Here's your partner, car's outside......

</Phineas and Ferb>

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@Jon

"It's a wonder they did not give him a gun as well.." If he lost the one they gave him at school, that's his lookout.

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well ...

better he did this than the alternative and "pretended" to be a criminal and robbed some old grannies.

Bet he gets a stiffer sentence than a drug dealer and all :roll:

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Cops...

And they prosecute us when we can't tell that she's under 16 / 18 <Delete according to your local laws>

Paris 'Cos I KNOW she's over 18!

I think.

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Epic.

If anything, the police should be the ones to blame for being that incompetent and not noticing.

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>a mp3 of that catchphrase for a text-message alert.

That won't make you staggeringly unpopular.

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Its a shame

That they cant see past the arrest/conviction statistics and think that maybe with a bit of mentoring/encouragement in the right direction (i.e. told to study hard at school etc so he has the required qualifictions) that he might actually make a good police officer. After all we encourage children here to join the military cadet forces, with a view to recruiting them when they reach a suitable age.

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Is that a phrase that would get you thrown out of a S&M party for not taking it seriously? enquiring minds need to know.

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@AC Re: Eric Cartman

No, it won't get you thrown out of an S&M party for not taking it seriously, but it will get you thrown out for being an annoying tit!

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Reminds me of the time I was nicked in Canada

....for speeding; I remarked to my passengers that these cops seemed to be getting younger - getting a ticket from a 14-year-old boy seemed odd.

It was, apparently......the officer in question was a gurl with short hair!!!

I'm still looking for my chequebook to pay that fine.....8 years later!

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he's clearly a terrorist. why else would he pretend to be a police officer? quick to jail and don't pass go!

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"annoying tit!" I thought that was the idea.

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It's a good job the early affordable bricks I had at college couldn't have mp3's set as ring tones - I'd probably not have made it through to uni.... as my christmas ringtone it would have to be O Holy Night by Eric Cartman too, oooo - of "WHAT DID YOU SAAAYYYYYYYY?" for an alternative text sound... *googles what did you saaayyyyyyy*

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Photos?

I hope the arresting officer didn't take a mug-shot of him while he was still in Uniform?

A nice uniform always turn's me on, so that would make it underage porn, wouldn't it?

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I sat at home today doing nothing.

I refused to answer the phone when my boss called and wouldn't respond to various requests to work even from my employer. I beat up the paperboy because I'm bigger than he is and because no-one will stop me. I beat up my girlfriend because she protested about something or other. I watched my father murder my next door neighbour because my father gives me money for stuff and so I turn a blind eye. I hacked into all the non-secured WiFi networks on my estate and snooped on all their data, because I could.

However, I too am just this minute being arrested for impersonating a police officer.

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A couple of minutiae

1. Actually it is unlikely that he has harmed his chances at being a police officer later in life. In the U.S. your juvenile record is sealed when you turn 18.

2. He wouldn't have a gun because the vast majority of American police departments issue service weapons permanently, only special weapons are checked in and checked out. Without going through the system properly he couldn't be issued a firearm (granted, I'm starting to question whether that is really true, or just policy).

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"1. Actually it is unlikely that he has harmed his chances at being a police officer later in life. In the U.S. your juvenile record is sealed when you turn 18.

2. He wouldn't have a gun because the vast majority of American police departments issue service weapons permanently, only special weapons are checked in and checked out. Without going through the system properly he couldn't be issued a firearm (granted, I'm starting to question whether that is really true, or just policy)."

Depends on the state and the police department. In Nebraska, records are sealed/expunged (can't recall which) at 21. As for firearms, some departments issue firearms to officers, some check out duty weapons, and some departments (such as that of Omaha, Nebraska) require officers to purchase their own sidearms. Each cruiser also has a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun, owned by the department, and the SWAT team carries weapons owned by the department.

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14 and wanting to be a cop, say it all really. This really shouldn't count against him, they screwed up for not noticing right away. Personally I'd have told him not to do it again, hand him the application form for the police acadamy and have him fill it out, endorse it and tell the boys at the acadamy to hold it on file till he's of age, the call him up and see if he's still interested.

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