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(Patriot Ledger)   Step 1: Paint your Maserati to look like a police cruiser. Step 2: Swap out "Protect and Serve" for "Punish and Enslave." Step 3: Profit?   (patriotledger.com) divider line 144
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2014-08-13 12:32:44 AM
Dumbass tag for the cops right?

www.patriotledger.com

It farking says 'DECEPTICONS' in giant letters across the side!

I always thought it was the red lights that were actually illegal to have because it's the color for emergency vehicles. Otherwise there's a lot of private security cars I've mistaken for actual cops before getting close.
 
2014-08-13 01:27:45 AM
He should be sentenced to death for Aggravated Michael Bay Reference
 
2014-08-13 01:27:51 AM
On one hand it does look like a police car at a glance, and I see how it could cause confusion (how often do you take the time to read exactly what's written on the side of a patrol car?  Plus, the writing wouldn't be legible if it were behind you).

On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

As long as the guy doesn't try to actually pull anyone over I'd be inclined to allow it.
 
2014-08-13 01:29:00 AM
fandangogroovers.files.wordpress.com

/fix the cigarette lighter
 
2014-08-13 02:59:18 AM
vigilantcitizen.com

/Oblig
 
2014-08-13 03:01:25 AM
Step 3: don't have a Maserati anymore when it's inevitably impounded.

It may say Decepticons on the side, but it says "Speed Enforcement" on the back. That's an outright claim to be law enforcement, and if you saw that before you had a chance to read the side you'd think it was a cop car.

/ Get rid of that part and you might get away with it, though.
 
2014-08-13 03:02:42 AM
Foster said the driver told Holt that he believed he was assisting the police "because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle."

How does a guy not smart enough to say "I'm just a big Transformers fanboy," afford a Maserati?
 
2014-08-13 03:12:40 AM
Did it do 185?
 
2014-08-13 03:16:29 AM

SnakeLee: He should be sentenced to death for Aggravated Michael Bay Reference


Or for ruining a perfectly good Maserati.
 
2014-08-13 03:16:53 AM
I've had enough of this gub'mint telling me how I can and can't paint my car!
 
2014-08-13 03:22:20 AM
If he can afford a Maserati, he's a 1%er and punish and enslave isn't just a slogan it's lifestyle.
 
2014-08-13 03:33:10 AM
fc05.deviantart.net
 
2014-08-13 03:40:41 AM

Sgt Otter: Foster said the driver told Holt that he believed he was assisting the police "because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle."

How does a guy not smart enough to say "I'm just a big Transformers fanboy," afford a Maserati?


Trust fund kiddie?
 
Poe
2014-08-13 03:41:53 AM
His car may have been cosplaying as a police car, but unless the guy put some lights in it and was pulling people over, or if he was trying to get free coffee at the Dunkin Donuts with a fake badge or something, I don't see how this falls under "Impersonating a Police Officer".
 
2014-08-13 03:54:31 AM

www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk


/Sponsored Content*
 
2014-08-13 04:03:12 AM

Apos: [www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk image 645x484]
/Sponsored Content*


That movie looks like "Dude, Where's My Squad Car?"
 
2014-08-13 04:10:07 AM

fusillade762: Apos: [www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk image 645x484]
/Sponsored Content*

That movie looks like "Dude, Where's My Squad Car?"



We'll know soon enough.
 
2014-08-13 04:10:41 AM

Gawdzila: [vigilantcitizen.com image 498x224]

/Oblig


www.clubdesmonstres.com

Approves.
 
2014-08-13 04:15:16 AM
In Florida, saying you're a cop and doing nothing else is enough to arrest you for impersonating a police officer. That having been said, he never said he was a police officer and he doesn't seem to have any red and/or blue lights. I think he beats this charge and he shouldn't have been arrested to begin with.
 
2014-08-13 04:26:39 AM

Dog Man: In Florida, saying you're a cop and doing nothing else is enough to arrest you for impersonating a police officer. That having been said, he never said he was a police officer and he doesn't seem to have any red and/or blue lights. I think he beats this charge and he shouldn't have been arrested to begin with.


As has been implied above, he is guilty of gross asshattery for turning a lovely car into a kid's craft project.

I sentence him to a Michael Bay marathon.
 
2014-08-13 04:28:31 AM

Dog Man: In Florida, saying you're a cop and doing nothing else is enough to arrest you for impersonating a police officer. That having been said, he never said he was a police officer and he doesn't seem to have any red and/or blue lights. I think he beats this charge and he shouldn't have been arrested to begin with.


It says "speed enforcement" on the back of his car. That's enough.
 
2014-08-13 04:38:28 AM
FTA: The as-yet-unidentified town resident...

How many farking late model Maseratis are there in Braintree?
 
2014-08-13 04:52:45 AM
i.ytimg.com
The owner of the car in question.

/I would bet good money that this guy checked with a lawyer before doing this and is going to $ue.
 
2014-08-13 05:05:39 AM

TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).


It's always illegal to knowingly impersonate a police vehicle.  You can always be guilty if intent is proven, even if your attempt at deception is laughably inept, e.g. this guy making a joke about people slowing down around him is admission that he knew people were making the mistake and continued intentionally doing it anyway without making any effort to correct the misapprehension... that's pretty much automatic conviction if the department wants to press it, right there.

A lot of jurisdictions like to have distinctive paint jobs specifically to  reduce grey area cases; if you're going with the panda bear paint job, it makes the grey-area cases where some dumbass has a decomissioned cruiser (notably, decommissioned cars are almost always re-painted) much harder to prosecute, which is fine because they don't really  want to, and it makes cases where intentional malice or mischief is involved, like this one,  really obvious so they don't have to gather a bunch of evidence to get a conviction.

Dude should pay his (substantial) fine and walk, because frankly he  shouldn't  win this one.
 
2014-08-13 05:08:11 AM
Hero?
 
2014-08-13 05:15:29 AM

TuteTibiImperes: On one hand it does look like a police car at a glance, and I see how it could cause confusion (how often do you take the time to read exactly what's written on the side of a patrol car?  Plus, the writing wouldn't be legible if it were behind you).

On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

As long as the guy doesn't try to actually pull anyone over I'd be inclined to allow it.


I don't know where you live - not legal in California.
 
2014-08-13 05:28:37 AM

jso2897: TuteTibiImperes: On one hand it does look like a police car at a glance, and I see how it could cause confusion (how often do you take the time to read exactly what's written on the side of a patrol car?  Plus, the writing wouldn't be legible if it were behind you).

On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

As long as the guy doesn't try to actually pull anyone over I'd be inclined to allow it.

I don't know where you live - not legal in California.


i see them all the time in california. They just paint over the cop logo and leave the paint scheme alone.There is one in my complex even
 
GBB
2014-08-13 05:49:36 AM

Jim_Callahan: TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

It's always illegal to knowingly impersonate a police vehicle.  You can always be guilty if intent is proven, even if your attempt at deception is laughably inept, e.g. this guy making a joke about people slowing down around him is admission that he knew people were making the mistake and continued intentionally doing it anyway without making any effort to correct the misapprehension... that's pretty much automatic conviction if the department wants to press it, right there.

A lot of jurisdictions like to have distinctive paint jobs specifically to  reduce grey area cases; if you're going with the panda bear paint job, it makes the grey-area cases where some dumbass has a decomissioned cruiser (notably, decommissioned cars are almost always re-painted) much harder to prosecute, which is fine because they don't really  want to, and it makes cases where intentional malice or mischief is involved, like this one,  really obvious so they don't have to gather a bunch of evidence to get a conviction.

Dude should pay his (substantial) fine and walk, because frankly he  shouldn't  win this one.


This only difference between him and someone driving an old Crown Vic is decals.
 
2014-08-13 05:52:25 AM

Jim_Callahan: It's always illegal to knowingly impersonate a police vehicle.


Is that where you run around making siren noises with your mouth, or what?   I think you mean impersonate a police officer, and to do that, you actually have to try to do police things.

gozar_the_destroyer:
/I would bet good money that this guy checked with a lawyer before doing this and is going to $ue.

As well he should, and he should win, too.  It'd be different if he actually had flashing emergency vehicle lights, and it actually said Police, and he was trying to pull people over or otherwise actually impersonating a cop.  Too bad it was none of these things.
 
2014-08-13 05:58:08 AM
test
 
2014-08-13 06:01:35 AM
By his own admission of wanting to make people slow down because they think he's a cop, he's guilty of the Massachusetts law on police officer impersonation.    You have the right to remain silent, citizen.
 
2014-08-13 06:11:02 AM
The 95% of cops that are horrible people give the rest of them a bad name.
 
2014-08-13 06:29:18 AM

cygnusx13: Dog Man: In Florida, saying you're a cop and doing nothing else is enough to arrest you for impersonating a police officer. That having been said, he never said he was a police officer and he doesn't seem to have any red and/or blue lights. I think he beats this charge and he shouldn't have been arrested to begin with.

As has been implied above, he is guilty of gross asshattery for turning a lovely car into a kid's craft project.

I sentence him to a Michael Bay marathon.


Ugh! Show some mercy. He's not one of the Manson Family.
 
2014-08-13 06:30:07 AM
IMO if he dropped the 911 and "Speed Enforcement" he should be fine. Of course, my opinion is not the law...
 
2014-08-13 06:31:45 AM

rnatalie: By his own admission of wanting to make people slow down because they think he's a cop, he's guilty of the Massachusetts law on police officer impersonation.    You have the right to remain silent, citizen.


Oh, but you forget there are plainclothes officers and unmarked cars.

EVERYONE on the road is potentially guilty of police impersonation.

And that's what's wrong with America's legal system.
 
2014-08-13 06:39:32 AM

Jim_Callahan: TuteTibiImperes: On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

It's always illegal to knowingly impersonate a police vehicle.  You can always be guilty if intent is proven, even if your attempt at deception is laughably inept, e.g. this guy making a joke about people slowing down around him is admission that he knew people were making the mistake and continued intentionally doing it anyway without making any effort to correct the misapprehension... that's pretty much automatic conviction if the department wants to press it, right there.

A lot of jurisdictions like to have distinctive paint jobs specifically to  reduce grey area cases; if you're going with the panda bear paint job, it makes the grey-area cases where some dumbass has a decomissioned cruiser (notably, decommissioned cars are almost always re-painted) much harder to prosecute, which is fine because they don't really  want to, and it makes cases where intentional malice or mischief is involved, like this one,  really obvious so they don't have to gather a bunch of evidence to get a conviction.

Dude should pay his (substantial) fine and walk, because frankly he  shouldn't  win this one.


He can afford the fine.
 
2014-08-13 06:57:11 AM

420Gabriel: jso2897: TuteTibiImperes: On one hand it does look like a police car at a glance, and I see how it could cause confusion (how often do you take the time to read exactly what's written on the side of a patrol car?  Plus, the writing wouldn't be legible if it were behind you).

On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

As long as the guy doesn't try to actually pull anyone over I'd be inclined to allow it.

I don't know where you live - not legal in California.

i see them all the time in california. They just paint over the cop logo and leave the paint scheme alone.There is one in my complex even


Here in Michigan, the state troopers have a distinct shade of blue on their cruisers. It's not unusual to see an old cruiser that has been sold at auction being driven by a non trooper with that blue color. Not to defend this guy, but to say merely having a car that looks like a police car is not impersonating a police officer.
 
2014-08-13 07:00:48 AM

jso2897: TuteTibiImperes: On one hand it does look like a police car at a glance, and I see how it could cause confusion (how often do you take the time to read exactly what's written on the side of a patrol car?  Plus, the writing wouldn't be legible if it were behind you).

On the other hand, it's legal to buy ex-police Crown Vics, which look exactly like unmarked police cars, being as that's what they are (I've even seem some with the black and white paint job, just with the logos spray painted over on the road around here).

As long as the guy doesn't try to actually pull anyone over I'd be inclined to allow it.

I don't know where you live - not legal in California.


They're selling one at the used car lot right off base here in Maryland.  The only thing they did was pull off the PD decals, you can still see where they were.
 
2014-08-13 07:05:46 AM
That doesn't look anything like a police car. Police cars are painted all black with very dark tinted windows.
 
2014-08-13 07:09:07 AM
img.fark.net

They must freak out when they see these running all over town.
 
2014-08-13 07:11:43 AM
Meanwhile:

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-08-13 07:15:14 AM
You can drive around with a 100% accurate replica of a cop car complete with a real red and blue light bar and it's completely legal. You're just not allowed to use those color lights while in motion or actually try to pull people over or otherwise do law enforcement officer job things.

But as we've seen here on Fark, judges don't always give a rat's ass about the actual law and cops don't actually know the actual law.
 
2014-08-13 07:16:01 AM
 The guy is guilty because he knowingly painted his car like a cop car. Knowingly put the "911" stickers and "Speed Enforcement" on the back of his car and stickers on the side that seemed to imply, on first glance, that the car is a police car. He did all this on purpose to a very expensive car. He is not some poor guy buying an old Crown Vic from a cop car auction that everyone can tell is an old cop car. He is an asshat who wanted to play cop with is expensive toy and thought he could get away with it.

Book'em, Dano.
 
2014-08-13 07:18:28 AM
I wonder if he could get away with a 1st amendment claim that he was protesting police actions?

Though I think his argument that police don't have luxury cars doesn't hold water:

i.kinja-img.com

Finally, I hate it when I read a news article and you have to Google to find out where it actually happened.  I first googled "Braintree".  Turns out there's like 3 of them in the US, and one in England.  I probably should have googled the name of the news org first.

Next up:  SPRINGFIELD -- Residents within 300 miles of Springfield are urged to immediately evacuate in the face of the incoming weather event!
 
2014-08-13 07:25:36 AM

TotesCrayCray: You can drive around with a 100% accurate replica of a cop car complete with a real red and blue light bar and it's completely legal. You're just not allowed to use those color lights while in motion or actually try to pull people over or otherwise do law enforcement officer job things.

But as we've seen here on Fark, judges don't always give a rat's ass about the actual law and cops don't actually know the actual law.


Here in KY you're right about everything but the lights.  Here you can't have emergency vehicle lights on a car at all, unless you're emergency personnel.  They specifically make the distinction in the drivers manual clear.  You can have flashing orange/amber/whatever, but you can't have the blue/red ones even mounted, unless they are legit.
 
2014-08-13 07:27:28 AM
Braintree

Maybe you should go pick one.
 
2014-08-13 07:33:54 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-13 07:38:54 AM

Sgt Otter: Foster said the driver told Holt that he believed he was assisting the police "because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle."

How does a guy not smart enough to say "I'm just a big Transformers fanboy," afford a Maserati?


Mother of god, this!
 
2014-08-13 07:39:01 AM

TotesCrayCray: You can drive around with a 100% accurate replica of a cop car complete with a real red and blue light bar and it's completely legal.


Again, not if your intent is to deceive people that you're a police officer, even in a trivial bullshiat fashion like the guy in TFA is admitting to.  Even realizing people are making the mistake and not taking corrective action to mitigate is, if not across the line, universally pretty close to the wrong edge of the grey area.

If you think that something will cause people to mistake you for a cop and you do it anyhow, you're actually  guilty of impersonation.  Not pushing the line, not in danger of being mistaken for having committed the crime, actually legitimately  guilty of the crime.  The further you get from actually dressing/looking like a cop (or other public servant with enforcement authority, health inspector, IRS officer, postman, etc) the more difficult it is to prosecute because it comes down to a judge (or, in criminal cases, a jury) actually deciding your intent was unambiguously to commit the crime.

If you're doing something that no reasonable person would  not think constituted an attempt to impersonate an officer of the law... there's a limit to how much bullshiat about it being inadvertent you're going to be able to sell a judge.
 
2014-08-13 07:43:04 AM

rnatalie: By his own admission of wanting to make people slow down because they think he's a cop, he's guilty of the Massachusetts law on police officer impersonation.    You have the right to remain silent, citizen.


The relevant statute:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter268/ Se ction33
 
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