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  •  Agreed. Here are some examples of actual statutes (3+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, elwior, MadRuth

    To be found guilty of Impersonating a PO under Connecticut law you must not only (a) be wearing a uniform, but also (b) intend to induce someone to submit to your authority as a PO.

    Same with California (requires intent to fraudulently impersonate or intent to fraudulently induce someone to believe you are a PO).

    I'm not going to hunt down a 50-state survey, but my strong suspicion is that this intent requirement is uniform (pun intended) across the states.

    •  Strange (1+ / 0-)
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      if a+b=c, then a≠c unless b is nul or zero (or (b is nul or zero) AND !(a=c)) (something taint right here, but I will figure it out later, need sleep)

      What am I missing here? (yeah, I know, sleep mostly)?  Looking like a cop and acting like one are two entirely separate things.  My brother dressed as cop for hallowe'en once, didn't know he was breaking the law.

      •  He wasn't breaking the law, that's the point. (1+ / 0-)
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        In addition to dressing up like a PO, to be held liable under these "impersonation" statutes you also have to have the specific intent to deceive people into submitting to your authority as a (pretend) PO.

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