Ex-College Police Chief Charged with Impersonating Officer

A Georgia man who formerly worked as chief of police at Morris Brown College was arrested Dec. 13 for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Jabir Najee Bashir, 63, was charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer, possession of a fake ID and driving on a suspended license after being pulled over in his black Ford Crown Victoria, according to ajc.com.

Bashir, whose car still had the police lights installed, claimed to be the current chief of the Morris Brown College police department. Bashir also had his old department’s police badge and a gun, although he admitted he’d been inactive for the past seven years.

Bashir was also carrying a Native American photo identification card because his license had been suspended.

The Morris Brown police force was disbanded when the college switched to a private security firm in the midst of financial troubles.

“The said accused believed himself to still be the Chief of the Morris Brown College police department, although said police department is no longer in existence and has been disbanded,” Bashir’s arrest warrant reads.

The college has filed for bankruptcy and enrollment dropped to just 40 students this semester. The police department was the subject of an investigation that may have contributed to its dissolution.

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