Third Time’s Not a Charm For “Kid Cop”



In 2009, Vincent Richardson, who was 14 at the time, impersonated a Chicago police officer and almost pulled it off. He managed to work a full duty shift alongside real officers, and even was allowed to drive a squad car on patrol. Because he had been in a police Explorer program where he shadowed police officers, Richardson was able to follow procedures with out being noticed. He then encountered a sergeant, who questioned him and quickly discovered the ruse. Richardson was convicted of felony false impersonation of a peace officer and was sentenced to four months in prison. If you think he learned his lesson, think again. In 2013, he was arrested again, this time for posing as an Englewood District officer and trying to buy a real police uniform. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Think third time’s a charm? Think again. In 2015, Richardson — by then 21 — was back at it, this time pretending to be a police officer at the scene of a call for shots fired. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, had a replica of a handgun, and even had a fake badge. He was once again charged with felony false impersonation of a peace officer. This time, the charges were eventually dropped. Richardson said that he had finally accepted that his dream of being a cop was just that, but he thought another option might be to work as a bodyguard for executives. There’s no word on where he is today.