A fired cop from Atlanta, Ga. is currently the subject of a search after authorities say the disgruntled lawman is impersonating one of their own. According to reports, local law enforcement is after the fired cop, Keith Kirkland, after a woman called 911 and reported that a strange man came pounding on her door on Aug. 27.
“I waited a little bit, then I opened it. He was standing there calm,” she said.
When police showed up to the scene, Kirkland presented himself as a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy. He even had a fake badge as well as a gun tucked in his waistband. Police at the time had no reason to doubt the former brother-in-blue and allowed him to leave. Even online, the former lawman reported himself as an employee of the DeKalb County Police Department in 2012. He later took a job with the Emory University Police Department. After a deeper look into the allegation by WSB-TV, police realized that Kirkland lied and was not employed by the sheriff’s office. In fact, according to personnel records, Kirkland was fired from the Emory University police after serving four years.
According to AJC, Gwinnett County police obtained a warrant for his arrest on Monday after he approached a Lawrenceville woman. During the encounter he held up a fake badge and demanded title information on a minivan she had sold three years earlier. The woman reported Kirkland as being pushy as he stood outside her Lawrenceville home. Apparently something seemed off about the encounter so the woman called her husband and than 911.
“He said, ‘I’m a police officer,’ and he said, ‘I have a badge. If you don’t believe me, this is who I am,’” Meserret Malde said.
Kirkland was terminated by the Emory University Police over what boils down to is his hair style. The 31-year-old has filed a 13-page complaint full of discrimination allegations. According to Kirkland the problems began when when he started complaining about what he believes were policy violations and officer safety issues. In a bid to cover his tail he began documenting his interactions with his supervisors with video recordings, emails and audio conversations.
“My Sergeant said, ‘Officer Kirkland, I got an email from one of the Captains who said you need to change your hair,’ and I said, ‘What exactly is wrong with the hair?’ The Sergeant said, ‘I don’t know, they just sent the email.'”
The fired cop recorded audio on his last day from his chief saying, “Got to have a bad conversation…What prompted me to look at the file was this recent exchange between you and Sgt. Williams about appearance, and it really, Keith, wasn’t about the technicalities where you went, it was the demeanor which you took what I feel like was constructive criticism from a supervisor.”
There has been no reported update on the case and if it has indeed gone to court. There also hasn’t been any indication that the minivan that was sold is related to his firing from the Emory University Police.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for Kirkland in hopes of raising money to fight the termination. It’s looking to raise $55,000. So far the campaign has raised zero dollars with three shares on social media.