NYPD officials just can’t keep their kids out of trouble these days. Less than a month after Commissioner Ray Kelly’s son was accused of rape (and then cleared), the teenaged son of an NYPD union’s vice president has been charged with weapons possession in connection with a Bronx shooting.
Police found a .9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol, still loaded with live bullets, in Hameed Abdul-Jabbar’s bedroom, and arrested him in connection with the January 21 shooting of a 22-year-old man in Co-Op City. The incident happened blocks away from Abdul-Jabbar’s residence. However, he has not been charged with actually committing the shooting, only possessing a dangerous weapon.
Hameed Abdul-Jabbar is the son of Officer Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar, the Second Vice President of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, which oversees the affairs of nearly 50,000 active and retired police officers.
In addition to the pistol, police also found 27 plastic bags of marijuana (lucky kid), a billy club and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the younger Abdul-Jabbar’s possession. None of these items are typically used in the kinds of extracurricular activities one would expect a police officer’s son to be engaged in.
Being a parent is tough, especially in the city, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for NYPD if their top officials can’t keep their own kids in line. Then again, maybe we should just be thankful that no one is trying to pull strings to sweep things under the rug.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 13, 2012