NJ police chief fired for allegedly dozing in meetings as crime soared

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A New Jersey police chief was fired Tuesday – after he allegedly fell asleep in meetings as local crime escalated.

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Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh claimed that snubbing the city’s top police officer, Ibrahim “Mike” Bacora, at cabinet meetings was one of his long list of gripes with the chief, According to NJ.com,

“Paterson deserves a police chief who not only stays up on the job but stays busy,” Sayegh told a news conference. Baikora’s time on the job was “depressing” and “beyond depressing”.

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“He saw this day coming,” said the mayor.

The outlet said Bykora, who had been in the top post for two years, landed on the wrong side of Sayegh, who the mayor described as his inhumane attitude, as the city had set a high level of annual homicide.

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In addition to dozens during meetings, the former police chief took a month off last summer – amid skyrocketing crime – and even with officers outside Patterson wearing civilian clothes instead of their uniforms, The mayor said, according to NJ.com.

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Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said that on top of sleeping during meetings, Police Chief Ibrahim Bykora took a month off last summer amid rising crime rates.


A photo of a Paterson Police cruiser at a crime scene.

Biocorra recently filed suit against the city of Paterson, Mayor Sayegh said.


A photo of Patterson Police Chief Ibrahim "Mike" Backora.

Baikora had been in the Paterson Police Department since 1988, and later became the first Muslim to be Paterson’s chief of police.


Meyer said Baycora could have quietly retired with a deal, but walked away from the negotiating table and recently filed a lawsuit against Patterson.

“It’s about a money grab. It’s about greed,” claimed Sayegh.

Byquora did not immediately respond to a post phone message seeking comment.

The outlet said deputy police chief Engelbert Ribeiro has been made acting chief.

Bykora, who had been with the department as an officer since 1988, was the first Muslim to head Paterson when he was appointed to the position by Sayegh.

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