Sioux Falls, SD- A police officer in Sioux Falls is on paid administrative leave today after being arrested for criminal impersonation.
Officer James Darby, a rookie officer in Sioux Falls, is facing disciplinary action and up to a year in jail after his actions on Friday evening. Witnesses say Darby, while eating in the food court, witnessed an unidentified boy running up the escalator. The officer gave chase, reportedly furious that the young rebel violated mall policy. After a lengthy chase, the officer commandeered a Segway scooter, activated the emergency green lights, and repeatedly pressed the horn, ordering mall patrons out his way.
District Attorney Tim Webb says activating the emergency lights amounted to an overt action to represent himself as an officer of the mall, and that is illegal under South Dakota law. “We cannot have vigilante justice in Sioux Falls. I won’t stand for it. We are a State, and thereby a mall, of laws.”
Security Officer (First Class) Edward Wilhelm said, “I can really understand why he wanted to take up the badge of a security officer. It’s exciting. But, it’s also dangerous. He needs to get some advanced training before trying to step in with the big dogs, the real first responders.”
It is unclear at this time if Darby has retained an attorney. When reached at his home early Saturday, Darby had no comment.