The son of Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan — a part time cop in suburban Illinois — has been using his squad car’s lights to stop traffic and escort his father’s unofficial motorcade in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times
Mustapha Farrakhan, 52, works for the Harvey Police Department, some 12 miles outside of the Windy City, although he hasn’t worked a single shift in at least four years, according to state records obtained by the newspaper.
The Sun-Times says last summer Farrakhan’s motorcade made appearances on the Chicago’s South and West sides and videos show the son using his squad car’s police lights to stop traffic and help the motorcade “make a dramatic exit.”
The newspaper says that “to the casual observer, it was indistinguishable from an undercover Chicago Police escort. But the clearly visible license plate was registered to the City of Harvey.”
“Why are Harvey taxpayers paying for a vehicle to protect someone who doesn’t even live in their community?” John Millner, a former Republican state senator and head of the Illinois Police Chief’s Association, asked the Sun-Times.
The paper says neither Farrakhan nor Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg responded to requests for comment. The Nation of Islam was similarly silent.
Harvey Police Chief Denard Eaves also declined to answer detailed questions from the Sun-Times about Farrakhan’s use of a city-owned squad car and his security work for his father.
In a statement, Eaves told the paper: “Officer Farrakhan assists the Police Department with community relations, in its quest to strengthen ties between police and the community.”
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