PATERSON, NJ - A 28-year-old Clifton man was arrested Friday on charges related to threats he allegedly made against Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora. Baycora, Paterson's first Muslim police chief, was sworn into the position on February 1.
The timing of the threats coincides with an ongoing debate by the Paterson City Council to amend the city’s noise ordinance to ensure the ability of religious organizations, including mosques, to amplify calls to prayer and other services.
Applauding the work of the Paterson Police Department, as well as the FBI and Passaic County Prosecutor's Office in the arrest of Stefan Keco, 28, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said that his Department “will never accept or tolerate this type of behavior and will address it swiftly and decisively.”
Keco was arrested and charged with two counts of intimidation at Paterson Police Headquarters at approximately 6:00 p.m. for the threats that reports say “caused a disruption to the day-to-day operations of the police department” as well as necessitated additional security measures to be instituted at both that facility and Paterson City Hall.
"Our new police chief has a very demanding job and the last thing he needs is his life threatened,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said in response to the incident.
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