Police officers aren’t exactly the brightest bulbs out there. They’re pretty known for mistaking a person for someone else and sometimes, this can prove fatal for an innocent human being.
The Haitian artist was mistakenly arrested by cops in LA after he was mistaken for a robbery suspect.
Not actually “Latoya”
A teenage girl from Surrey was on her way to the mall to attend the first day of her new job when she was taken down and handcuffed by police. They kept insisting that she was a girl named “LaToya” and refused to let her go despite her cries.
5 teens from Michigan
Cops in Grand Rapids, MI pointed a gun and threatened five teenagers ranging from 12-14 years old after they received a call about a teenager with a gun in the area. Video footage showed how terrified the kids were.
A 63-year old man from Bristol was tasered in the face by cops after they thought he was a suspect that they were looking for. Unfortunately, this was the second incident that involved Mr. Adunbi being mistakenly arrested.
Carl Williams was trying to console his wife while calling 911 to report a carjacking. He thought the carjacker returned to their home, so he pulled out his gun, but was surprised to see an officer, who, in turn, assumed that Mr. Williams was the carjacker and shot him in the stomach.
8-months pregnant Sarah Clark was terrified when police barged into her home and arrested her in front of her fiancé. With a name that common, cops should double check if someone is indeed a fugitive or just a civilian chilling at home.
A North London cop was captured on camera smashing a car’s windshield after telling the owner that he’s ‘not allowed to drive’. As it turns out, he had the wrong guy!
After DeKalb County’s PD received a phone call about a suspicious individual, Chris McKinley had no idea that the cops thought that he was that person. Three cops barged into his house and ended up shooting him and his dog.
Joseph Ngobeni was driving with his daughter and granddaughter in Zambia when cops chased after them and showered their car with bullets. Apparently, the cops thought that the car was hijacked.
Dakota Randall was at a bus stop with his girlfriend when an officer apprehended him and insisted that he was a guy named “Christian” and to take it easy. After he refuted the cops claims, he was asked to present an ID, which he didn’t have. The cop ended up trying to arrest him by tackling him.
One Israel Orellana was wanted for a gun theft case and the SWAT was finally on to him. However, they got the wrong address and the wrong Israel.
Julia Van der Vent
A woman and her 9 other co-workers were riding a mini-van when they were surprised with a spray of bullets from a cop car. The cops apparently thought that the vehicle they were riding was involved in a robbery.
Mistaken for Christopher Dorner
During the search for Christopher Dorner, cops ended up traumatizing three people who were riding a car that looked similar to Dorner’s by spraying them with bullets.
Pedro Martinez was arrested and released 3 times because cops kept mistaking him for a crook with the same name.
Nzube Udezue is an Oxford graduate who got mistaken for a wanted offender and was tackled and held at gunpoint at a busy train station.
Justino Serrano Jr.
Justino Serrano Jr. was arrested and booked by cops after they had assumed that he was involved in an unsolved case. As it turns out, it was just a case of having a similar name.
Rickey Bryant was minding his own business when police apprehended him and tried to arrest him. Knowing that he didn’t do anything wrong, he got defensive and ended up getting beaten up.
The beauty queen was wrongfully arrested after she got into an argument with the local police chief while he was trying to teach his 14 year old daughter how to drive.
Frank Arnal Baker
Frank Baker was on his way home from work when police officers surrounded him. Next thing he knew, a dog was latched on his leg and an officer was kicking his ribs. Their reason? He matched a description they had for a suspect with a gun.
Cops tased Patrick Mumford for matching someone that they were looking for but failed to even ask him for an ID before getting aggressive.
William Sarmento initially understood why cops were stopping them, as they were looking for a dangerous individual. However, he was shocked to discover that they thought that it was him and had to endure having guns pointed at him while his wife and daughter looked on in horror.
Robert Parker Jr.
Even fellow cops can’t get a break, especially when he’s black! Cops in DC ended up tackling and detaining a fellow cop after he matched the description of a suspect (the one on the right) that they were searching for
Faith Ekakitie was only playing Pokemon Go when five officers surrounded him, with four of them with guns drawn and pointed at him. They assumed he was involved in a bank robbery in the area.
DeShawn Franklin was surprised when cops barged into their home and attempted to arrest him. They were actually looking for his brother but ended up getting assaulted even if he did nothing wrong.
Donnell Thompson ended up being gunned down by the LAPD when they assumed that he was a suspect in a carjacking.