TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police say five people were arrested and several officers were injured after police attempted to subdue an assault at a local bar.
According to authorities, Troy Police officers were requested to help stop an assault that was reported in progress at Kokopellis on Fourth Street shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday.
As officers arrived, they found a crowd at the door which was moving onto the street. Police say a number of people were arguing and taking part in physical confrontation.
Troy Police officers entered the bar trying to find the assault victim, however there was a crowd of 200-250 people, authorities said. Troy Police Captain John Cooney say responding officers were "subject to kicking, punching, pepper spray and a fire extinguisher being completely emptied via the spraying of the powder content on the officers."
Officers were able to locate and remove the 23-year-old victim, a bar employee, from the scene. Police say he suffered from lacerations and bruising to the face.
Patrol units were called to the scene in order to control the large group of people who left the bar.
Cooney said a garbage can was thrown, resulting in an injured officer and a broken rear window of a Troy Police patrol unit. He said two more officers were also injured as they were hit in the head with bottles, which were being thrown at them.
The Troy Police Department said they have arrested the following people:
-Quaivon Venson, age 22 of Troy, has been charged with harassment 2nd, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
-Zainob Shaibu, age 23 of Queens, has been charged with harassment 2nd, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
-Michael Haight, age 23 of Troy, has been charged with disorderly conduct.
-Rashad Thomas, age 22 of Troy, has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
-Roshawon Donley, age 25 of Troy, has been charged with harassment 2nd, obstructing governmental administration 2nd and resisting arrest.
All five men have been arraigned.
Eight Troy Police officers were injured; six have been treated and released.
Troy Police were assisted by New York State Police, Green Island, Watervliet, Menands, Colonie and the Cohoes Police Departments.