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GREELEY, Colorado — Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams shakes his head in confusion: Somewhere out in his county, a guy with flashing lights on his Dodge Charger has been stopping drivers and warning them they’re violating coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
Whoever is stopping the cars isn’t one of Ream’s deputies. Instead, the police impersonator is himself breaking the law and putting himself at extreme risk, because traffic stops are among the most dangerous things most law enforcement officers do. The stops happened several times in March.
The article goes on to state the following:
“For the life of me, I don’t understand why someone would want to do this,” Reams says. “I don’t think there’s a law enforcement agency in the state that has time to do that kind of thing.”
The report states that police impersonators have also been making coronavirus-related stops in Georgia and California.
According to the article, no injuries have been reported in the incidents, as in each case, the fake officers allowed the drivers to continue on their way after questioning them.
There are reports all over the state about police impersonators making Coronavirus-related traffic stops. Here’s some info about a local case in Greeley.https://t.co/BOhyYehSc7
— Weld County Sheriff (@WeldSheriff) March 30, 2020
Public service announcement: The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a police impersonator pulling vehicles over.
Note the photo is not of the suspect vehicle, but an example of the model year Charger the suspect is reportedly driving. pic.twitter.com/QS4wFoJ9F5
— Weld County Sheriff (@WeldSheriff) April 1, 2020
Here’s an update about the investigation into reports about a police impersonator pulling vehicles over in Weld County.
Note the Dodge Charger in the attached photo is not the suspect vehicle, but an example of the model we believe the suspect is driving. pic.twitter.com/0oDubChvmk
— Weld County Sheriff (@WeldSheriff) April 3, 2020
One psychologist says police impersonators hassling people about travel restrictions are similar to people who post social-media shaming photos of strangers violating personal-distance guidelines. https://t.co/EFXN8M8Da8
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 9, 2020
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