A man was robbed by police impersonators last weekend in Cleveland. The victim stated that he was pulled over by a white Kia with red and blue flashing lights, making him believe that they were law enforcement. However, at least four individuals wearing ski masks approached the victim with their guns drawn. The victim reported that the impersonators ordered him to the ground with handguns and an AK-47.
“I chose my life. I gave them one of my guns and my cell phone, my car, all my belongings because it’s just material things,” Alexander said. via news5clevland.com
The victim is a concealed carry permit holder and was carrying a firearm at the time of the robbery. Being outnumbered and having multiple guns already pointed at him played a big part in his decision not to draw his gun. And I 100% agree with him. He displayed admirable restraint and did not attempt to use his weapon in self-defense. If he had, drawing his own gun would have likely resulted in a shootout.
The Cleveland Police Department is currently investigating the incident and has warned citizens to be cautious and vigilant when pulled over by a vehicle that does not appear to be a law enforcement vehicle. There have at least five includents involving police impersonations since March 7. The department also emphasized that officers in unmarked cars will always be wearing police uniforms and will have identification available upon request.