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Raleigh police arrest man pretending to be one of them

Posted April 12, 2012
Updated April 13, 2012

— Raleigh police arrested Meredith Cromartie, 19, Wednesday and charged him with impersonating a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Wake County Jail under a $2,500 bond.

Search warrants for Cromartie’s home and Facebook page show that he posed as a Raleigh police officer on several occasions. Investigators say they found a badge in his home and his Facebook profile work history lists the FBI and the Raleigh Police Department as former employers.

Cromartie was a former "police explorer" with the Raleigh Police Department in a program designed to expose high school students to law enforcement careers, investigators say. He has never been employed by the police department.

Search warrants say witnesses told police that Cromartie threw a man, who was attempting to enter a North Raleigh business, to the ground before identifying himself as a Raleigh police officer. Investigators said he also portrayed himself as an officer at another Raleigh business on March 29 in an attempt to keep the owner from throwing him out.


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  • The Fox Apr 12, 2012

    I'm only surprised WRAL didn't have a picture of him sitting on Santa's lap, or such.

  • NCSU08 Apr 12, 2012

    @milkman. No its not illegal to say it on Facebook. However, when he did it publicly like he did at 2 different businesses it is. The Facebook is just evidence against him. A word to the wise, be careful what you post on social networking sites. It can come back to bite you on the rear..

  • Milkman Apr 12, 2012

    Is it seriously against the law to say you were a police officer on Facebook?

  • djofraleigh Apr 12, 2012

    Don't drag in the Zimmerman case to this!

    The Zimmerman case resulted in a death. The man was older and had gun.

    Cromartie was just trying to be something he wasn't.

  • djofraleigh Apr 12, 2012

    This is NOT the one posing as an LEO to pull over and rob people, but being concurrent news story makes what this young man did seem worse than it was. However misguided this young man's actions were, I don't think evil or greed had anything to do with his trying to act like what he wanted to be, a police officer. He needs help more than punishment, help that might guide him into doing the good he wanted to do.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 12, 2012

    he got to reconsider what he wants to be if he grows up

  • tightywhitey2 Apr 12, 2012

    Raleighnative25 I see A couple of differences in them, Zimmerman was protecting his neighborhood. Cromartie is pretending to be protecting his neighborhood. And if it is like the past couple of weeks around here, someone will end up dead anyway.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 12, 2012

    Surprised that he's lasted this long.

  • Just another bad guy Apr 12, 2012

    I blame his parents. Meredith? really? His brother's name is Nancy.

  • MadMaxx Apr 12, 2012

    What exactly is a wanna be Zimmerman? It is anything like a hoodie wearing group of 3 that walks in and kills 3 innocent people in a robbery, one being 16 years old?