Bradenton man arrested for impersonating a cop

A Bradenton YouTuber claims he was playing an "April Fool's Day prank" when he dressed as a law enforcement officer and pulled a woman over.

Charles Ross wore a uniform and hat, and carried a baton and notepad, and attempted to write a woman a citation in a parking lot earlier this week. The woman became suspicious and asked him to verify his identity, his badge number, and asked what department he worked for. At that point Ross got "aggressive" and tried to calm the woman down by offering her free concert tickets.

The woman called the *actual* cops, and Ross was arrested by Sarasota deputies for impersonating an officer.

“It’s one thing to make a scene in an attempt to become famous on YouTube but it’s another to put people on edge by pretending to be an officer of the law,” commented Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight. “Given the tensions surrounding our line of work these days, this defendant has a clear lack of judgement and disrespect for our community and our profession.”

Yep, definitely some poor judgement there.

This is not Ross's first altercation with law enforcement.

[My Suncoast]



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