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Troy men who say police officers attacked them, take legal action


TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police say two officers suffered minor injuries last week after being attacked by a crowd while trying to make an arrest on Ingalls Avenue; however NEWS10 spoke with one of the men arrested who says they were the ones attacked.

Malcolm Watson, 21, and his stepfather Samuel Ratley, 35, were arrested for second-degree assault after an incident, which Watson says was recorded on a cell phone by his girlfriend.

Troy police say two officers responded to a noise issue around 9 p.m. Thursday on Ingalls Avenue, where they say Ratley refused to turn down music, flicked a lit cigarette at officers and then resisted arrest. Police say both officers were then kicked and punched by multiple people in the crowd.

However, Watson gives a very different version of events, saying there was no music and no one was ever told by police that they were under arrest. He says officers hit him and Ratley and used racial slurs.

Ratley's attorney Glen Hammond says they have a private investigator looking into the matter.

"If you look at the portion of video that you have you have plenty of independent witnesses," Hammond says. "There are other witnesses that I understand have video."

Hammond says,"That video is exceptionally troubling. From what I've seen it looks like Samuel's actually placing a cigarette down not flicking one at an officer and then trying to walk away from the officer to the safety of his home and he denies having music on."

According to court documents one of the officers says Ratley pushed him causing bruising, swelling and pain to his right ring finger. Ratley was also charged with open container and unreasonable noise. Hammond says he's concerned that Ratley has had more interaction with Troy police officers since the incident.

According to traffic violations NEWS10 obtained from Hammond, Ratley was ticketed for window tint violations the day after the arrest on 8th and Ingalls Ave, and was ticketed on the 11th at Ingalls and Orr Street and again on 7th and Ingalls Ave for more traffic violations.

"The police may be watching his house but at this point we're going to scrutinize all of their activities. I don't think it's a complete coincidence that he's been stopped for traffic violations twice since," said Hammond.

Troy Police Captain John Cooney says the department can't comment on the video as it may be used in court and that the department will address any complaints received about this incident.

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