Saturday, April 19, 2014
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A timeline of police mimicry

DEION DEANS' latest arrest for impersonating a public servant was hardly his first: Court and police records show he was arrested four other times for passing himself off as a law-enforcement official:

* April 27, 2010: Deans, wearing Army fatigues, a tactical vest and an empty holster, talks his way into the 26th Police District, in Fishtown, where he asks Capt. Michael Cram to make other, unrelated charges "go away."

* Sept. 21, 2010: Officers making a car stop in the 22nd District, in North Philly, are approached by Deans, who identifies himself as a law-enforcement official and offers to help. The officers run his name and discover his prior arrest for impersonating a public servant. They return to the area and arrest him.

* Oct. 29, 2010: Deans' vehicle is pulled over in the 22nd District for having lights like those used by law-enforcement officials. He identifies himself as a "bail-enforcement agent," and the pit bull with him as a K-9 dog. During questioning, the dog bites an arresting officer's hand.

* June 17, 2012: Deans is pulled over in the 2nd District, in Northeast Philly, after two people report that a vehicle matching the description of the one he is driving had pulled them over after following them. Deans tells the officers he's a cop, and they search his vehicle. Inside they find a machete, pellet guns and ammunition for an AR-15 assault rifle.

The charges in all the cases were withdrawn after Deans had "intensive mental-health treatment with medication" mandated by a judge, according to Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.

- Vinny Vella

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