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National Memo editor-in-chief Joe Conason reported today that yet another witness is coming out of the woodwork and saying that Mitt Romney had an illegal, youthful habit of impersonating police officers. But he’s not the only man who enjoys himself in uniform.

Basketball Player Olden Polynice Flashed A Badge During A Traffic Dispute

In 2000, the seven-foot tall center for the Utah Jazz was arrested for flashing an honorary badge he received from the Los Angeles Police Department during a traffic dispute, where he followed a couple back to their house in West Valley, Utah. He claimed that he flashed the badge while identifying himself as a member of the Utah Jazz.

The Idaho Bar “Iron Horse” Was Plagued By A Fake Cop Who Tried To Take A Woman Home

The local news report also gave good advice on how to spot a fraud.

This Guy Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket By Waving Around A Gold Shield

It didn’t work.

A Man in Rochester Used Fake Jargon To Rob Someone At 1:30 In The Morning

The victim was approached by a man — never found by the real police — who yelled, “police, get on the ground!” and then shouted into a radio, “I have the 215 suspect.” He then ran off with a wad of cash.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.