Teen posing as Chicago cop busted for second time

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The 14-year old busted posing as a Chicago Police Officer five years ago is at it again – this time arrested trying to buy clothes similar to those of a police uniform.

An astute employee at VCG Uniform store in the 5000 block of West Irving Park Road found 19-year old Vincent Richardson suspicious on Tuesday as he kept insisting he was an Englewood District police officer.

He presented his driver’s license to a clerk and said he was interested in trying on some cargo shorts and a duty belt, according to the police report.  The clerk ran his name on the Internet and discovered he was  arrested for a “publicized incident of impersonating a Chicago Police officer in 2009.“

As police arrested Richardson yesterday, he allegedly told them he just wanted to help people, “I know what it’s like to be one of you. I respect you because I did it for a day chasing and helping people.”

Richardson has been charged with one felony count of impersonating a police officer and is expected in bond court on Thursday.

In 2009, at the age of 14,  Richardson put on a novelty badge and uniform, walked into the Grand Crossing District police station, was promptly  assigned a radio and went on patrol with an officer for more than five hours.

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  • bleatingheart

    He just wants to help people…
    Well, guess what the judge is going to say?
    "Oh…You're going to help people alright! BY SERVING TIME IN JAIL! WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!"
    I actually feel sorry for this kid. He obviously had dreams and aspirations.
    The way the laws are written (and the ruthlessness of our judges), it's not going to happen…Ever.
    What a way to have your dreams shattered and taken away from you.
    But, I will say this: He approached it the wrong way, and obviously has some mental issues.
    The worst part, he will not be getting treatment for his mental condition thanks to president Ronald Reagan signing into law The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation act in 1981.
    (Basically, it cut funding to state mental health centers so he could pay for his arms race with Russia…The funny part: He signed it into law after he was shot by someone who was mentally ill.)
    Instead, this poor kid will be going to jail; Punishment instead of treatment/rehabilitation.

  • Spirit

    Sorry but this is not a kid he is a grown up and needs to learn to stop pretending. Why didn't the judge do something to him the first time. THIS IS NOT OK!!!!!

  • keeping real

    I can believe he walk in a police station and did five hours of patrol!!! WOW!!!! with another officer!!! I guess no one read that…

  • DC123

    In 2009, at the age of 14, Richardson put on a novelty badge and uniform, walked into the Grand Crossing District police station, was promptly assigned a radio and went on patrol with an officer for more than five hours." Now what does that say about the Police Dept?!?

  • reen b

    How does a 14-year-old walk into a police station and thought to be an officer with a "novelty uniform"? Does that dept. not recognize their own uniforms or that you have to be an ADULT to be a cop?!? No ID check, nothing? That boggles the mind.