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Sgt. Weiner: Pranksters Acting Like Cops Are Breaking the Law
COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger) -- A viral video filmed in Columbus shows pranksters acting like undercover police officers, chasing possible drug dealers.
You got some flakes? the prankster said to a man on a street. Seconds later, the prankster talks into his shirt, implying the location of a hidden microphone. The scared dealer then bolts.
The video, made by Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, has more than 1.6 million hits since it was posted on YouTube on Sept. 6, 2013.
It is illegal, said Sgt. Rich Weiner of the Columbus Division of Police. Impersonating an officer is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
The pranksters never actually claim to be police officers in the video, but Weiner said the implication is there.
ABC6/FOX28 spoke to Zdorovetskiy briefly over the phone who said he and his crew did nothing illegal and were never worried about being hurt during the production of the video.
I dont believe in that, Zdorovetskiy said. People watch too much news.
Zdorovetskiy also works with local prankster, Roman Atwood.
In another YouTube video, the two said they planned to meet with fans on Tuesday night and possibly produce more pranks.