(Lt. William Wilson, Ferndale Police, Feb. 28, 2013)
On 02/27/13 at about 1220 p.m. a Ferndale police officer made a traffic stop on MAURICE LAWSON for speeding on 8 Mile near Livernois. When the officer approached the pick-up truck, he noticed the driver wore a badge around his neck. The badge was attached to a leather backing and chain like that used by plain clothes officers. LAWSON tried to convince the officer that LAWSON was a police officer for Detroit Schools Public Safety. However, LAWSON had no identification on him.
The Ferndale officer became suspicious and arrested LAWSON for not having a license on him. Further investigation showed that LAWSON is not nor ever was a police officer. When arrested LAWSON, the officer found a pair of handcuffs and hunting knife in the compartment on the side of the driver’s door.
LAWSON was arraigned for
1. Unlawful Possession of a Police Badge (93 day misdemeanor)
2. Carrying Concealed Weapon (5 year felony)
He was arraigned by Magistrate Brennan who set bond at $5000 cash/surety
SUSPECT: Maurice Lateef LAWSON, b/m, 38 Southfield resident