Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Miami Police issue fake-cops alert | Miami Herald

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 01:40 PM
Original message
Miami Police issue fake-cops alert | Miami Herald
Posted on Fri, Jan. 23, 2004

Police issue fake-cops alert

Police charge a man with impersonating an officer to steal from motorists. Officers are seeking a second offender.


By SUSANNAH A. NESMITH
snesmith@herald.com


THE CASE: Miami Police Chief John Timoney discusses the arrest of Norberto Iglesias, in poster, who is charged with robbery, fraud and impersonating a police officer. CANDACE BARBOT/HERALD STAFF

A blue-and-red light flashed in the rearview mirror. The motorist pulled over and spoke to the man with a badge and a gun.

The man asked for a driver's license and registration, then insisted on searching the car. The motorist was cooperative and was later allowed to leave without getting a ticket. He probably felt lucky.

Until he got home and discovered his credit card missing.

Miami police say two men have been pretending to be police officers in the Flagami area to rob unsuspecting motorists. A suspect is in custody, but police are still looking for another thief who struck as recently as Wednesday.

More at the Miami Herald
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
RaulGroom Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 02:21 PM
Response to Original message
1. Raul Groom issues fake-president alert | DU
n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 02:29 PM
Response to Original message
2. This is not uncommon in South Florida.
Do you remember the Florida woman a few years ago who was pulled over by a very angry Georgia cop? Coming from SF, that woman had heard many advisories, just as I had, about being careful of people posing as cops. The advice was given to acknowledge the cop, but to keep driving until you were in a area where it was safe to stop, just in case it was an imposter. Unfortunately, the GA cop totally lost his cool because she didn't immediately pool over on a desolate stretch of highway. It was shocking to us S. Floridians, especially - because we had been warned NOT to stop in unsafe areas.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 03:09 PM
Response to Original message
3. Blame Bush: the security state helps encourage this spoofing
As Michael Moore wisely observed, we live in fictional times.

The fiction of the "homeland," this Edenic vale under constant assault from near-mythic enemies, has paralyzed American common sense.

Even as Washington bombards us with fear messages (Code Yellow! Attacks averted! Amorphous shadow on horizon! Dire news from Gondor!), we are taught to trust in the illusion of the Supercop. Law Enforcement Knows Best, goes this narrative. You Have No Choice But to Quiver Under Our Paternal Care.

Dope a population with enough of that junk, and not only is it happy to watch your made-for-TV wars and endorse your vicious domestic policies. It also gets so reflexively gullible that criminals posing as cops can work scams, trusting that the mark will come pre-hypnotized.

When the business of government is making saps out of its citizens, expect the cleverer sociopaths to come along for the ride.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sun Dec 21st 2014, 02:03 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC