Richardson was dubbed “Kid Cop,” but the police department received the bulk of the media’s attention, with a livid then-Mayor Richard Daley and Weis wondering how a 14-year-old boy who didn’t even have a driver’s license could pass himself off as a police officer. Several CPD officers were disciplined, and several more were given a refresher course in recognizing police impersonators.
Some months later, Richardson again passed himself off as an adult, this time at a car dealership where he test-drove a Lexus and kept on going.
The state’s attorney’s office said a judge placed Richardson on juvenile probation for both the impersonating a police officer charge and possession of a stolen vehicle charge.
He has been in trouble at least twice since then, sentenced once to juvenile jail for stealing his uncle’s car and then a year in prison when as an adult he was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
The uniform store employee read enough of Richardson’s story to pick up the phone and call police. When Richardson returned later Tuesday, real officers were waiting to arrest him.
During their search of Richardson’s belongings, officers determined that the store was not the only place where Richardson was allegedly shopping for police gear.
According to Antonietti, officers discovered Richardson was carrying a receipt for a Chicago police badge and badge holder that had been purchased online.
Richardson was represented by a deputy public defender, who told the judge that Richardson is a high-school graduate who is attending college and working at a security company.