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Badge flashed by civilian at real police officer

July 15th, 2011 1:44 pm by Staff Report

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis Police say a man who flashed a badge and yelled at the driver of a sport utility vehicle to slow down got an unexpected surprise.

The badge flasher was a civilian. The man in the unmarked SUV was a police detective.

The department says a plain-clothes detective was on the way to a drug investigation Thursday night when 49-year-old Stephen Gibson of Bartlett pulled up beside his vehicle on Interstate 40, showed a gold badge and shouted profanities about the detective's speed.

The detective turned on the vehicle's blue lights and pulled over Gibson, charging him with criminal impersonation, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The officer says Gibson told him he didn't realize the detective was the police, saying a lot of people pretend to be.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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