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I-Team: NJ Man Accused of Impersonating Cop Says He’s Legit

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  • Leonard Miles says hes tired of trying to prove hes a real cop after prosecutors in two NJ counties have charged him

  • “No one will believe me,” he said in an exclusive interview with the I-Team. “The charges against me are trumped up. Theyre bogus."

  • Miles showed the I-Team his OMH badge, several photos of him in his OMH uniform and his Spring Valley court officers uniform

“They had me looking like a crazy person, and Im not.”

Leonard Miles says hes tired of trying to prove hes a real cop. Prosecutors in two New Jersey counties have charged the 47-year-old with impersonating a police officer and illegal weapons possession.

The charges stem from an incident in Paterson in June of 2018. Miles was arrested in his car in his driveway with a loaded gun, after cops received an anonymous call about a man waving a gun, according to the police report. He had a Spring Valley court officers badge in his wallet. Miles maintains he was employed by the Village of Spring Valley and licensed to carry a gun at the time and also working as an officer for the NYS Office of Mental Health police, which patrols Rockland Psychiatric Center.

“No one will believe me,” he said in an exclusive interview with the I-Team. “The charges against me are trumped up. Theyre bogus. I have two badges. I have two jobs.”

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Miles showed the I-Team his OMH badge, several photos of him in his OMH uniform and his Spring Valley court officers uniform. He says his Spring Valley badge and licensed gun were confiscated by Paterson police.

In March of this year, Miles and a female companion riding in a car were stopped by an officer in Wycoff, Bergen County, and let go. Police dashcam video shows Miles acting cordial and not suspicious. He said he worked for OMH police. Four days later, Miles says a squad of officers arrested him near his familys home in Spring Valley. “They had me listed as a fugitive and I didnt even have a traffic ticket.”

Miles has been in and out of courthouses for months trying to prove he is legit. Even his new attorney admits being skeptical at first.

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“The first thing I said to him was either youre crazy or youre right,” said Khari Moore.

Moore began issuing subpoenas for Miles personnel records.

“Everything he said turned out to be true. I cannot explain why they wont accept the fact Leonard MiRead More – Source

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