They’re Fake Kops!

Egads, I get my dander up at stories like this: HOA employees impersonating police officers.

Well, the Illinois Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom recently ruled that an untrained HOA security guard could use police powers against a resident, flashing lights, siren, physical detention and a demand for a check written out to the local HOA.

Now, let’s move to Georgia where the “good ol’ boys” live. Give that man a siren and a gun and he’ll soon be in close contact with every attractive woman in the neighborhood.

I really don’t want to pick on Georgia, in particular. But I once lived there and in my testosterone-soaked youth would have loved to have had the power to pull over and chat with certain female motorists. I also knew some good ol’ Georgia boys who I wouldn’t have trusted with my family dog.

But in the St. Marlo Country Club Homeowners Association, a gated community of course, HOA employees are using radar guns, sirens, badges, and staking out stop signs. These ‘brats’ then waddle up to the motorist’s door and ask to see driver’s license and insurance.


They don’t know the first thing about Miranda and Escobedo, and about illegal force, and warrantless search, and any of the other fine points of that annoying document some of us refer to as the U.S. Constitution.

Jodie Fleischer of Action 2 News in Forsyth County, Georgia did the report linked below.

But, Dear God, when will the madness stop?  WHEN? 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

3 thoughts on “They’re Fake Kops!

  1. Nila

    I want to know if these fake kops carry fake guns? It appears there are no state laws that apply inside these HOAs. Does that mean of somebody jumps out and pounds one of these fake kops into the turf…or worse they can’t be arrested until there is an HOA law against it?

    I can’t believe the HOAs doing this are even able to buy insurance. Perhaps a visit to Sanford, Florida and a visit the George Zimmerman would be a good idea for these folks!…Perhaps?

    1. Ward Lucas Post author

      If there’s a lawyer within sniffing distance, there’s always liability, somewhere. The HOA south of me hired a bunch of these kids for one summer, and yes, they were armed with nunchuks. I asked one of these teenagers what he’d do is someone pulled a gun on him. He then performed a series of the most ridiculous karate moves I’ve ever seen. Wish I could have recorded it and preserved it on YouTube. But yes, there is massive liability because of these untrained cop wannabe’s. These HOAs should all be building up reserves and lawyering up. They are going to get sued. Every one of them! And insurance companies will be fools to offer these HOAs insurance.

  2. Nila

    Okay…here we go…rolling through the STOP sign = lawyers + lawsuits, which we know leads to assessments and foreclosures…and suddenly rolling through the STOP sign is the smallest problem they’ve got!

    When Oh! When will this insanity stop?!!


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