By Wyatt Earp | September 23, 2010
Sometimes you have to wonder if the Philly media is smoking crack. In their skewed world, police officers and firemen are despicable people, but a thug who stole items from a police station – including a patrol car – is a local hero.
Meet Christopher Reddick-Johnson, the Philly media’s new favorite son.
Five years ago, Christopher Reddick-Johnson was a Southwest Philly teen who dreamed of becoming a cop. Then-Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson was his mentor. It was a good situation, until Reddick-Johnson started making headlines. Turned out he thought he was a cop; his friends had seen him joy-riding in an unmarked police car, and he was eventually arrested for stealing a police radio, handcuffs and other items from a district headquarters.
When it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, Reddick-Johnson was shot in the thigh in 2006 in front of a takeout shop by a street thug for reasons that were unclear. His life, it seemed, was circling the drain.
Well, take a look at Christopher Reddick-Johnson now. The 22-year-old said he moved to Los Angeles after his string of high-profile missteps in Philly and reinvented himself as an actor. He landed several roles – albeit minor ones – on shows that included “Hannah Montana” and “Numbers.
Congratulations, Chris! With Lindsay Lohan on the sidelines, Hollywood needs another felon! I await the dedication of your statue in front of City Hall. Jackass.
UPDATE: Reddick-Johnson submitted a classy comment, guaranteed to make his family and his fans proud:
Wyatt Earp shut ya bitch ass up!!! Blog that !!! I’m making money in Hollywood while your nut ass is making me famous by posting stupid shit like this !!!!
He wrote this comment on Christmas Day. Stay classy, Reddick, and try not to steal anything from the set.