(NationalUSNews.com) — Georgia authorities recently arrested a man for impersonating a police officer after he displayed a fake badge to real officers and attempted to arrest them. Police initially encountered Shawn Brown while he walked in the middle of the road and disrupted the flow of traffic, prompting authorities to investigate. After Marietta Police officers began talking with Brown, he pulled out a fake badge with the words “Special Police” and threatened to arrest them for assaulting a law enforcement officer.
After displaying the fake badge, Brown began reciting officers their Miranda rights and attempted to arrest them. Marietta police officers arrested Brown instead and transported him to the Cobb County Jail. Brown is currently facing multiple criminal charges, including impersonating a police officer and making terroristic threats. Brown’s arrest comes as the latest instance of authorities arresting someone for impersonating a police officer, a felonious offense punishable by years in prison.
A similar incident occurred in Pflugerville, Texas, when authorities arrested 35-year-old Sean Michael McDonald. Police noticed McDonald after he shared images of himself wearing an Austin police officer uniform. McDonald never served as a police officer, prompting the Austin Police Department’s Aggravated Assault Unit to charge him with impersonating a peace officer. The APD also requested that anyone who interacted with McDonald while he impersonated a police officer provide information.
Yet another incident occurred in Arcadia, Florida, when one man committed multiple robberies and assaults while impersonating a police officer. According to Florida authorities, 44-year-old Darius Hudson dressed as a member of law enforcement to commit a string of robberies. Hudson and his accomplices drove a pickup truck with police lights and even handcuffed their victims. Hudson also attacked the victims and even shot someone while carrying out a night-time robbery. Hudson faces a potential life sentence for the string of robberies due to the violent nature of the crimes.
Hudson’s case is particularly alarming and indicates the serious nature of impersonating a member of law enforcement. Hudson used clothing, gloves, and a vest marked “Sheriff” to gain easy entry into unsuspecting victims’ homes. Prosecutors consider impersonating a police officer a grave crime due to the potential advantage someone can gain by presenting themselves as a police officer. Many states consider impersonating a police officer to be a felony, including the state of Georgia. If convicted of the impersonation charge, Shawn Brown could spend up to five years in prison and face a fine of $1,000, not including the other charges brought against him by Georgia prosecutors.
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