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'Kid Cop' Gets Charged As Adult In Gun Case

'Kid Cop' Gets Charged As Adult In Gun Case

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

May 28, 2011

CHICAGO – The South Side teenager who made national headlines for impersonating a Chicago Police officer and patrolling the streets as a 14-year-old is in trouble with the law again.

Two years ago, Vincent Richardson sauntered into the Grand Crossing District station in a uniform, duping cops in an embarrassing stunt that led to disciplinary action in the department.

Now 17, he has been charged as an adult with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, police said.

He was arrested on May 10 after admitting to police that a semi-automatic handgun found in the 5600 block of South Throop belonged to him when officers performing a protective pat down found a magazine loaded with ammunition on him, police said.

Richardson was being held in Cook County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Just months after his January 2009 stunt impersonating a police officer, Richardson dressed as a business to take a test drive at a South Side car dealership and swiped a Lexus.

Juvenile Court Judge Andrew Berman sentenced him to three years’ probation and a month of home confinement in July 2009 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Richardson also was ordered to undergo therapy.

Richardson also had pleaded guilty to false impersonation of a police officer but did not face additional punishment for that charge.

It was only a matter of time before Richardson went before Berman again for violating terms of his home confinement by lying to probation officers and the judge.

“I’ve given [him] chance after chance after chance,” Berman said before sentencing Richardson to nearly three months in the Illinois Department of Corrections in September 2009.

Then in March of last year, Richardson was sentenced to juvenile prison for pushing his mother and stealing his uncle’s car while the older man watched television.

At the time, officials with the State’s Attorney’s Juvenile Justice Bureau said Richardson could be held in a state facility for juveniles until he was 21, but they also noted that he could be released earlier for good behavior.

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  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Just by this Boys past and present behavior it should of been obvious he needs psychological help, He himself already provided a behavior analysis to the court by all his actions, I cannot believe the judge did not see this, he kept giving him break after break instead of ordering a psychological evaluation and a Clinical assessment, locking him up is only going to supply the kid with a better education to become an adult criminal, somebody is not doing their job to the best of their ability. just my opnion.

  • Derrick_max50


    about 3 years ago


    The guy has some mental issues going on there and the courts system does not help, he needs to be put into a mental institution for a long time, jail is only going to make this guy problem worser. He sould have been sent to get a mental evaluation the first time for impersonating a police officer. This just goes to show you the failure of the justice system in the state of Illinois, Cook County Court System.

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bah ha ha ha!!

  • Lastscan_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Juvenile sanctions? This calls for Adult charges in an Adult lockup!! Wow

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    over 3 years ago


    redskyn23 , now that makes sense , thanks for clearing that up. That N.J. and Texas Assassinations are scary especially after the Florida killings earlier. It's looking like "Open Season on Cops" !

  • Nj_508th_mp_co_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Ilegworldchamp.....Halefo5 is on the wrong thread. He's referencing the drive by shooting death of Offf Duty Newark P/O William Johnson. Who was shot while ordering a slice of pizza Enroute to his part time. The kid in that case was avenging a fight between two girls and allegedly sprayed the place in attempt to hit his target.

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Play stupid games and win stupid prizes! Apparently, he didn't learn any thing on the first go around.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Well congrats to this punk..... He's now going to be treated as an adult. And maybe this time, he will feel the real consequences of his criminal behavior.

  • Dcp_0435_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Well on his way to life in prison. Sounds like he needs some shock therapy or else he's going to end up killing someone or being killed.

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a wacko

  • Cert_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Halefo5, I'm not sure what article that you are commenting but it sure isn't this one!

    As for this article...O remember reading about this kid when all of this first happened. He may just be a POS kid who's playing the system, but hpefully he will get some help because there has got to be something going on in his head!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    ( Sarcastically ) I see a continuing pattern of behavior here ......

  • Pro_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a POS!!

  • Edit2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Get how you live, kid. Three monthes from his release date they'll probably be boxing him up. They better get him some help quick. BTW we need more judges like that in our judicial system.

  • 309


    over 3 years ago



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