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    Question Town Marshal Arrested For Impersonating Police Officer

    Very strange... I thought a Town Marshall had to be a TCLEOSE-certified peace officer in order to be employed. Maybe I should apply, if I have a year to get a TCLEOSE license. This is right down the road from me.

    Although perhaps technically well-founded, this charge does sound frivilous.


    http://www.nbc5i.com/news/10055717/detail.html

    Marshall Creek, TX: Town Marshal Michael Gates was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

    Dallas police arrested Gates while he was soliciting security business to help raise revenue for Marshall Creek which is currently under bankruptcy protection, Gates said.

    "I told the deputy I had been appointed and sworn and I was completing the requirements for licensing, which I have a year to do," he said.

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    Gates was handcuffed for about an hour and a half, he said, and was released nearly eight hours after his arrest. He admitted that he didn’t have his peace officer’s license on him at the time of his arrest.

    "Bottom line is he was not a licensed peace officer at the time of his arrest,” a police spokesman said. “We explored every scenario in which every individual can lawfully carry a gun and he did not pass muster on any of those."

    No charges have been filed against Gates for impersonating a police officer, but he is currently being charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon.

    A spokesman for Marshall Creek said Gates’ arrest is bogus and that he has the town’s support.
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    I would assume that the town marshall rules do not apply in this area of TX that would be my guess.
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