Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate af­ter man pulls driver over and tries to col­lect fine

Of­fi­cials re­mind the pub­lic that driv­ers can ask to see iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of of­fi­cers

Calgary Herald - - CITY -

Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent in which a ve­hi­cle was stopped by a man im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The in­ci­dent took place Tues­day at about 3 p.m. when po­lice say a man was driv­ing south on 69 Street S.W. to­ward Glen­more Trail and was stopped by a white Honda Civic that had red and blue lights at­tached to the front win­dow.

“The driver of the Civic got out of his ve­hi­cle and walked up to the man’s ve­hi­cle, iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as a spe­cial forces po­lice of­fi­cer,” Calgary po­lice said in a news re­lease.

“It is al­leged the man ad­vised the driver that he was speed­ing and that he could ei­ther go to jail or pay a fine, and that if he paid the fine im­me­di­ately he would re­ceive a dis­count.”

The man went to his ve­hi­cle and re­turned with a yel­low piece of pa­per. Po­lice say the driver re­fused to pay the fine, asked the man for his badge num­ber or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and said he would con­tact po­lice.

At that point, the man went back to his ve­hi­cle and left the scene.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as a black male in his 30s, about 6’ feet tall and bald, with a mus­cu­lar build and tat­toos.

He was wear­ing a white T-shirt with the words “Cana­dian Spe­cial Forces” in red let­ter­ing. Po­lice say he was also wear­ing jeans with a knife and ba­ton on his belt.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is be­ing asked to con­tact po­lice or Crime Stop­pers.

Po­lice said it’s “ex­tremely rare” for a Calgary po­lice of­fi­cer not wear­ing a uni­form to con­duct a traf­fic stop in an un­marked ve­hi­cle.

They added non-uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers are re­quired to carry iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at all times and that driv­ers have the right to ask for that iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

If a driver is not sure about a ve­hi­cle pulling them over, they are ad­vised to call 911 im­me­di­ately.

The driver of the Civic got out of his ve­hi­cle and walked up to the man’s ve­hi­cle, iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as a spe­cial forces po­lice of­fi­cer.

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