Police Impersonation Bill

By: KKTV- Nora Seibert
By: KKTV- Nora Seibert

Gov. Owens will sign into law tomorrow morning, House Bill 1003, regarding police impersonation.

The mother of 21 year old Lacy Miller has been on a crusade to get the law changed since her daughter was kidnapped and murdered in January of 2003 by a man believed to have pulled her over while impersonating a police officer.

Jason Claussen was convicted of Lacy's murder. Investigators say, he pulled her over near her home in Fort Collins, before kidnapping and killing her. Her body was later found in a wooded area 20 miles outside the city.

It is in Lacy's name, her family has been lobbying to pass the police impersonation bill. It means someone convicted of impersonating an officer, faces up to three years in prison.

Lacy's grandfather lives in Widefield. He talked Monday with 11 News and says he hopes signing the bill into law, will help other families from experiencing the same pain his has endured.

Currently, and at the time of Lacy's disappearance and death, impersonating a police officer was a misdemeanor offense. Once the new law takes effect, the crime becomes a felony.

Assistant district attorney Dan May says, "as a felony we think it will have a much stronger deterrent effect."

In addition to making impersonation a felony, the law also makes it a misdemeanor for people who aren't peace officers to use red and blue lights on their cars.

The new law takes effect as soon as the governor puts his signature on it Tuesday morning.

If you're pulled over, and aren't sure if the person pulling you over is a police officer, get a license plate number and a description of the car and the person. Then, call 911 and verify the person pulling you over is an officer.


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