An Atlantic City councilman has been issued summonses after he was found wearing a former city police officer’s uniform shirt and altered it before turning it over, police said.
But City Councilman Rizwan Malik said he has not yet received the summonses and was unsure why he would be charged.
Police were called to the 200 block of North Montpelier Avenue on Monday after a report of a fight between two men, a police report states.
But Malik said it was merely a disagreement between him and a neighbor who had hit his bumper. Malik said he did not call police because it was minor damage.
While investigating the call, the officer noticed Malik was wearing an Atlantic City Police Department shirt that said “T. Mayfield.” Torres Mayfield is a former police officer who ran for the city’s school board last year and has run for City Council.
“I was wearing something with ‘police’ on it,” Malik said.
He would not confirm whether it had belonged to Mayfield and cut a phone call short to call police to find out more about the allegations against him.
According to the report, he gave two different versions of how he got the shirt to two different officers.
Malik later took off the shirt and put it inside his home nearby, but the officer told him he needed to turn it over because he should not have the shirt. Malik at first refused to turn over the shirt, and — when he eventually did — the name had been removed, the report states.
There were no charges from the altercation. On Tuesday, Malik was issued summonses for obstructing the administration of the law and tampering with evidence.
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