A young man impersonated a police officer with an authentic-looking uniform and car and then set up his own fake police station where he kept records of possible crimes and interrogated “suspects” who were handcuffed to a chair.
Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
In 2008 in New Jersey, more than 30 officers, including SWAT team members, were engaged in a standoff with a non-responsive supposed bank robber for over an hour before realizing ‘she’ was a cardboard cut-out.
During the ’92 Rodney King riots in LA, Korean store owners, afraid the LAPD would not come to their aid, banded together on rooftops with assault weapons and saved Koreatown from looting.
The Tallahassee Police Department (the tow where Florida State University is located) pressured a student, Rachel Hoffman, into being an informant for a drug sting in 2008. Rachel’s TPD handlers lost track of her during the sting. Rachel’s body was found two days later in Perry, FL.
Supreme Court found random drug checkpoints unconstitutional in 2000. Since then, police have gotten into the habit of putting signs up warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints, and then detaining and searching drivers who make illegal u-turns.
After blogger Jeff Pataky wrote about the incompetence of the Phoenix police department, the Phoenix PD raided his home, seized his laptop, backups and cable modem, handcuffed and detained his female roommate for over three hours, and took his sons out of elementary school.
A Baltimore woman locked a police officer in her basement when he tried searching her home without a warrant. She sued and won a settlement.
A New Orleans police officer committed an armed robber murdering a uniformed policeman and two employees in the process. One employee hid in the freezer and was spared, the officer returned to “investigate” the crime and was identified by the survivor as the shooter.