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Witness says video shows excessive force by Troy officers


TROY, N.Y. –  A party at Kokopellis led to the arrest of six people and several officers were injured, but a video of the night is causing controversy.

Nearly 300 people attended the party, according to Troy Police. A report of a bar employee being assaulted led police to arrive to the bar, but they say the large crowd hindered them from getting to the victim. However, a video of the incident has some witnesses concerned.

On Saturday morning in Troy, it was a chaotic scene on Fourth Street as police responded to the club. Troy Police Captain John Cooney said officers were kicked, punched, and sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

"Two of our officers were struck in the head by bottles, one suffering a laceration with bruising to the head," explained Cooney. "A garbage can was thrown at one of our officers and after glancing off the officer, actually went through the back window of one of our patrol cars broke that."

Controversy is now surrounding the arrest of 25 year old Roshawon Donley. A witness who recorded the video, but did not want to be identified; said officers used excessive force against Donley. Another person who attended the party, but did not want to go on camera, also told NEWS10 ABC she had concerns about the officers' actions.

"We've seen one specific video that's out there and in very quick and short review of the video we see an officer using force to make an arrest," said Cooney "Now whether the individual involved feels that force was necessary or over the top certainly is an individual decision to be made on their part."

Donley spoke to NEWS10 ABC on the phone and he said he cannot comment at this point. Donley was charged with harassment, resisting arrest and obstructing. Five other people were also arrested and eight officers suffered minor injuries. 

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