Statement from Walker Police:
We received a report yesterday of a possible incident of impersonation of a police officer by a black male subject in a gray Dodge Charger. The incident reportedly occurred in the Three Lakes area of Pendarvis Lane at approximately 3 pm. According to the report, the driver of the Charger, who was wearing what appeared to be a police uniform, stopped the Charger and engaged a 16-year-old male in a discussion about sports, following which the Charger left the area. According to the 12-year-old, the Charger appeared to be outfitted with law enforcement equipment. The complainant contacted our Department after concern developed over the incident.
The matter was turned over to our Special Investigations Unit and this morning, the investigation resulted in SIU’s obtaining of confirmation from Louisiana State Police that the referenced gray Dodge Charger was an unmarked State Police vehicle assigned to the Livingston Parish area. The Trooper assigned to the unmarked unit is involved in the Make a Wish Foundation and was using Pendarvis Lane to access the home of a cancer patient. While driving through the area, the Trooper saw some school-age children and attempted to engage in some Community Policing through friendly dialogue with the area residents. The contact was in compliance with State Police Community Policing policy. The State Police have a number of unmarked and partially marked police units that are in use throughout the State. Though the Charger was not marked, the Trooper was in full uniform.
We are satisfied that this was a simple misunderstanding.