NYPD Officer Calls Out Man Posing As Decorated War Hero On Memorial Day

New York Police Officer Jay Park, a U.S. Army veteran, intercepted the impostor inside a New York grocery store.

Queens, NY – A New York police officer working a paid detail at a BJ’s store on Memorial Day intercepted and confronted a man posing as a highly decorated U.S. military war hero (video below).

Officer Jay Park, a U.S. Army veteran, later posted cell phone footage of his conversation with the unidentified man on Facebook.

He said he was initially drawn to the “highly decorated douche bag” due to his slipshod attire.

“The man had an [Air Force] patch on [an Army combat uniform], spec op patches everywhere and awards ribbons on a field jacket,” including a Purple Heart.

Officer Park greeted the man, then casually began asking him about his supposed military service, the video showed.

The officer identified himself as an Army veteran, and asked him where he served.

“I served in Iraq,” the man stuttered. “The first Gulf War…the first one. Desert Storm.”

Officer Parks noted the impostor’s Purple Heart, and the man then told him about the significance behind his other ribbons and medals.

He told the officer he later served in “the reserves,” and launched into a history about the previous styles of uniforms he had supposedly been issued.

He also claimed that he was a commissioned Air Force officer, before he abruptly offered to show his identification.

Officer Park told him he didn’t need to see his ID, but the man suddenly flashed what appeared to be a state-issued identification card.

“Let me ask you something,” Officer Park interrupted. “How many people came to you today and said, ‘Thanks for your service?’”

“Actually,” the impostor responded with a smile, “I came from a parade, so I got a few.”

He explained that he had been at the Memorial Day parade in Manhattan just prior to coming to the store.

“You sure you didn’t get burned over there?” Officer Park asked him.

“Burned?” he asked.

“Yeah,” the officer replied. “For wearing your fake s--t?”

The impostor laughed nervously, but denied the officer’s allegation.

Officer Park then asked the man if he had ever heard of stolen valor.

“Yes, I have heard of a stolen valor,” he responded. “Stolen valor is when you use somebody’s else’s, um, things.”

Officer Park pointed out that such an act would be a federal crime.

“Yes. It is a federal crime,” said the man, who was no longer smiling and laughing.

He said he did not have his “paperwork” with him, then offered to remove his military attire.

“Yes. Go ahead,” Officer Park agreed, as the man removed his Purple Heart.

The officer then instructed him to remove the top portion of the uniform altogether.

“You know how disrespectful this is? On Memorial Day?” he asked the impostor. “Take off the dog tags, too. You never served, obviously.”

The man briefly and weakly argued that he has a “veteran’s card,” then quickly scurried away.

“Pay for your s--t, and get out of the store,” Officer Park firmly ordered.

He then trailed a short distance behind the man as he tried to weave his cart around other shoppers.

“Memorial Day. How disrespectful is that?” Officer Park said quietly. “Stolen valor.”

You can watch Officer Park’s encounter with the unidentified man in the video below:

Comments (31)
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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Nicely done Officer Park! And thank you for your service, to our country and as a 1st responder.

LunaMay
LunaMay

What a fucking loser. I'm glad this officer called him out

M4Defense
M4Defense

Should have followed him through the checkout, to see if he asked for a military discount, then arrested him!

JBo
JBo

Good on the officer. Way too much of this crap going on now days. It's a slap in the face to every veteran and a mockery of the men and women who gave ALL ... particularly on Memorial Day.

1sam80
1sam80

Stolen valor laws are still bouncing through the courts but what doed have solid case law is impersonating a commisioned officer , maybe CID can step up

Watchman53
Watchman53

can tell he a fake air force uniform army medals fake combat patch* i was in the military served over sea swa 1990-1992 event have DD214 proof

RobF
RobF

I'm sorry I don't find these videos of vets publicly humiliating people with obvious intellectual/emotional issues impressive. The individual is high functioning, but his lack of awareness, rapid speech and belief demonstrates he indeed has issues. Stolen valor applies to people who impersonate for tangible personal gain. Not some guy happily walking through Costco emulating his heroes. Impersonating military is very common in the disabled community (to varying degrees), because to them we are ROCK STARS and worthy of emulation. As a 30 year vet with extensive experience dealing with folks with disabilities, its disheartening to see this. Its one thing to talk and educate, it completely different for a vet to bully and publicly humiliate a person with disabilities. His need to video tape it and post it to the internet, tells me the impostor isn't the only one in that video with issues. Just my thoughts...

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

First off, thank you Officer Parks. There should be more veterans such as you to definitely call these phonies out. I grew up in the Vietnam era and the military was not well respected like it is today. I am glad to see society gives the veterans the credit they deserve.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

There seems to be a lot of those pretending pieces of shit around now days!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good job! Fuckin posers. His national defense ribbon is not a combat ribbon. LOL!!

Because
Because

While it’s reprehensible for someone who did not serve to wear the uniform, it was not in this officer’s authority, while in his police uniform to make this confrontation. The Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional, and even if it had not, the officer had no federal authority. Stepping outside our authority is what gets us in to trouble.

bronx163
bronx163

Awesome job by the cop. But knowing my old job the NYPD they will punish the cop for being a true American, and defending the honor of those who served, went down range and sacrificed their lives so others can live.

Brown water navy
Brown water navy

Retired Navy Combat Veteran 5-73 - 8-93, I am glad he was caught. I wish I was still on the job. JCPD 11-94 - 11-17. I would have placed all the counterfeit items in evidence after placing him custody for lying about being downrange. He might have been released and let's hope the desk officers were not vets. Non Sibi Sed Patriae. Peace lies at the end of a long harsh road... GMG1(SW) USN/Ret.

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

CID is Army, OSI is Airforce Office of Special Investigations, actually the FBI does the investigation for stolen Valor

JimmyLaMonica
JimmyLaMonica

That guy was a scumbag!!

BlueKnightVII
BlueKnightVII

ANYONE who poses as a member of the military SHOULD be shamed, called out and embarassed to all hell!!

Sailor
Sailor

Great job Officer. Very grateful you confronted this and let this scumbag know he was fooling no one.

tkshields
tkshields

Blumenthal should take notice and avoid NY

NomonK
NomonK

Why was the video removed?

Hezakiah
Hezakiah

Seen aholes try to say they were Vets at Lowes to try and get the 10% off they give Vets.When asked for ID or a DD214 they get pissed off LOL

new2lv2
new2lv2

Stolen valor is a disgrace to the men and women who actually gave their lives to fight for us. Not to mention all the disabled veterans.