ATLANTIC CITY — A laid-off city police officer who was not rehired was arrested Sunday morning — for impersonating a police officer.
James Fitzgerald, 31, of Caspian Avenue in the city, was pulled over for speeding on Pacific Avenue at about 1:15 a.m. by Officers Phillip Davidson and Troy Maven, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
The officers stopped the car at Pacific and Ohio avenues, but were not able to see how many people were inside because of the car’s tinted windows, the report states.
Davidson went to the driver’s side, and Maven to the passenger side. The driver then identified himself as a police officer, McMenamin said. But both officers knew Fitzgerald — who was laid off in June 2010, at the same time as Maven — was not a police officer.
Davidson told Fitzgerald he was being arrested for impersonating a police officer. He then struggled as he was arrested, McMenamin said. It was also discovered that he was driving with a suspended license — and that his passenger was wanted on a contempt-of-court warrant.
The city laid off 60 police officers last year due to budget cuts. Fitzgerald and Maven were among 20 cut in June 2010. Davidson was laid off Sept. 30. Fitzgerald was one of two who was not offered his job back. PBA President Dave Davidson Jr. previously said they were personnel matters and he could not release anything more publicly.
Deputy Chief Ernest Jubilee would not comment on Fitzgerald on Monday. He is charged with impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Fitzgerald does not have a record with the state Department of Corrections. Jubilee “cannot confirm or deny the (previous) arrest of former Officer Fitzgerald.” The courthouses were closed due to the holiday, so records there could not be checked.
The passenger, Eric Gibson, 42, also of Atlantic City, was charged with contempt of court.
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