Phony cop caught by Ferndale police

Ferndale police say Southfield man was posing as Detroit Public Schools police officer

Published On: Feb 28 2013 08:10:35 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 04:07:00 AM EST

Ferndale police found a man posing as a Detroit Public Schools Public Safety officer after pulling him over for speeding Wednesday on 8 Mile Road near Livernois Avenue.

Police say 38-year-old Maurice Lawson, of Southfield, was wearing a badge around his neck as if he were a plain-clothes officer. He told the Ferndale police officer that he himself was a police officer for Detroit Public Schools. However, Lawson didn't have any identification on him.

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The Ferndale officer arrested Lawson for not having a driver's license on him. Further investigation shows Lawson is not and never has been a police officer.

A hunting knife and a pair of handcuffs were found inside his pickup truck.

Lawson is charged with unlawful possession of a police badge and carrying a concealed weapon. His bond was set at $5,000.