BC RCMP say traffic stop by fake cop is social media ‘misinformation’

A woman alleges a Mountie covered his badge, did not identify himself properly and didn’t take her information during the stop on May 11

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Police in the West Kootenay area of ​​BC are correcting what they call “misinformation” being circulated online about a traffic stop by a man supposedly impersonating a cop.

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Midway RCMP say a woman “is alleging that a suspicious man in what appeared to be a marked police vehicle pulled her over” near Greenwood on May 11 while she was traveling 70 kilometers an hour in a 60 km/h zone.

“The Midway RCMP would like to address some misinformation being circulated on social media about a suspected police impersonator who conducted a traffic stop on Highway 3 on May 11, 2022.

“She further alleges that he covered his badge, did not identify himself properly as an officer with the RCMP, did not take information from her but threatened to impose her vehicle,” said the RCMP in a statement.

The RCMP confirmed a traffic stop was made that day around 6 pm on Highway 3. But police say the car was clocked going 87 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and was on its way toward a playground and elementary school.

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“The officer was in a fully marked police car, in a full-duty RCMP uniform,” said police.

I have decided to issue a warning rather than a speeding ticket.

“The RCMP would like to acknowledge the public’s right to question anyone who they suspect to be impersonating a member of law enforcement,” noting they take allegations like this seriously.

Anyone in a similar situation is encouraged to contact the local police department so it can be investigated, said the RCMP.

“Should you be concerned at the time of a traffic stop, stay inside your vehicle with the doors locked, roll down the window a small amount and tell the officer you are calling the police department to ensure that they are, in fact, a police officer.

“Call the non-emergency number for police in that jurisdiction, who can confirm the officer’s presence at the traffic stop.”

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