Activist arrested after son accused of showing gun as threat

April 14, 2021 GMT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — An activist and member of Waterbury’s Human Rights Commission was arrested after his middle-school-aged son allegedly showed a gun on social media and threatened to beat up another student.

Fahd Syed, 41, was charged last week with risk of injury and failure to properly store a loaded firearm in regard to a minor, the Republican American reported Tuesday.

Police said Syed’s son appeared with a handgun on a video posted to social media in February as part of a dispute he was having with the other student over shoveling snow for money. The son threatened to beat up the other boy but did not make a threat to use the weapon, police said.

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Syed was “shocked and confused,” when police contacted him about his son having a gun and cooperated with police to show them a locked safe where he kept his weapon, which police say they think is the same one visible in screenshots from the video.

Syed referred questions from the newspaper to his attorney, Fanol Bojka, who did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Syed works for the Department of Corrections as a captain at the Bridgeport Correctional Center and was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, the newspaper reported. He is also a board member on the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and has been a leader in protests against racism and for religious equality.

Syed is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on July 15.