Cleveland Man Who Made Site visitors Cease Is Charged With Impersonating Officer

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A Cleveland man who stopped traffic was charged with impersonating a police officer.

Cleveland Police Department officials responded on Greenwood Ave at 11 p.m. Monday. 1725 based on reports from a person posing as a police officer.

Identified as Jorell Brackett, the suspect was wearing a gun and a fake badge, and was driving a white Ford Crown Vic with the lights flashing in the windshield when he stopped the victim for not stopping at a stop sign.

The victim gave Brackett his driver’s license and when Brackett stepped back to his car the victim called 9-1-1. Cleveland police officers responded immediately and found that Brackett had a flashlight, a taser, two sets of handcuffs, a badge, and a lock release kit. All items were confiscated, along with his vehicle and the holsters for the taser and handcuffs.

Brackett was taken into custody, charged with criminal impersonation, and taken to the Bradley County Justice Center.

If you or someone you know has been stopped by Jorell Brackett, please call Detective Cory Fox at 423-559-3365, Cleveland Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Department.

The Cleveland Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit is made up of officers who may be in plain clothes and drive unmarked vehicles. While these police officers may not look like uniformed officers, they have department-issued equipment and identification that can be presented at any time.

Another way to verify an officer’s identification is to call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number at 423-476-7511 to verify the official’s legality and / or the traffic obstruction.