PATERSON, NJ - A short video provided to TAPinto Paterson Saturday appears to show Planning Board Commissioner Kobir Ahmed threatening a driver of a parked vehicle in the city’s Sixth Ward.
In the five second clip Ahmed, standing within two feet of the driver’s window, raises an object in his hand, allegedly a sword, and shouts an obscenity followed by “kill you.”
Reached by telephone Ahmed told TAPinto Paterson that he believes that the whole incident is “political nonsense.” Ahmed, a recognized figure in local politics, especially in the Bangladeshi community, opted against naming names but said he has “an idea of where it’s coming from.”
“They are harassing me,” he said, adding that while he has lived in the Buffalo Avenue home since 2004 without incident, a group of teens, over the past month, have blocked his driveway on several occasions, playing loud music.
Ahmed provided TAPinto Paterson with a picture of handwritten notes he claims reflect dates that and times that he called the Paterson Police Department to report these incidents, with the first calls reportedly being made June 7 or 8, and subsequent calls being made June 10, 13, and 14. Each of the calls, Ahmed noted, were made between 11:33 p.m. and 12:48 a.m.
On June 7 Mayor Andre Sayegh announced the launch of new quality of patrols by the Paterson Police Department to guard against loud groups congregating and disrupting the quality of life in neighborhoods across the city.
A second video, just over 20 seconds long, appears to show Ahmed walking back across the street towards his residence while the car pulls away. A person behind the camera continues to shout at Ahmed as a second man approaches in an apparent attempt to diffuse the situation.
Also reached by telephone was Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale who had not seen the video. Asked about previous incidents Speziale said that "it is possible that we've responded but without the data in front of me I can not confirm or deny that."
This story was updated at 6:40 p.m. to reflect additional information provided by Ahmed.
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