TROY, N.Y. – Troy Mayor Lou
Rosamilia issued a statement Monday to address a weekend assault that
ended with six people under arrest and several officers injured.
The Troy Police Chief and Captain as
well as Troy City Council met with the Mayor on Monday to discuss the Saturday incident
at Kokopellis and claims of police brutality. Rosamilia said a detective has
been assigned to the case and the investigation will continue.
Six were arrested and eight officers
were injured after Troy Police responded to a reported assault at Kokopellis on
Fourth Street early Saturday morning.
Cell phone and
surveillance footage of the incident have many in Troy speaking out.
Joe Glick, the co-owner of
Kokopellis, said, "An officer came in and pointed his billy club at me,
and said ‘You shut this F****** party down now.'"
Glick said he's never seen police
act the way he said they did over the weekend.
"We are appalled by the
behavior that occurred in our club Saturday morning," he said.
Rosamilia said when police responded
to the assault call at Kokopellis, it immediately got hostile.
"They were faced with
aggressive behavior," he said.
He said that as police attempted to
address the call, they began to get attacked.
"Pepper spray was used by some
patrons, glass bottles were thrown at some officers, a fire extinguisher was
discharged, and a garbage can was thrown into a patrol car," he continued.
Partygoers and witnesses believe
police used excessive force against 25-year-old Roshawon Donley. Donley was
arrested and charged with Harassment, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing
Troy Councilman Rodney Wiltshire is
demanding a full investigation into the incident.
Rashad Thomas, 22, said he was
outside of Kokopellis when police attacked him.
"They slam me on the ground,
you see I got my pavement all, they just had me on the ground for more than,
like, three minutes," he said. "Just really beating me and knees all in my back
all that everything."
He said he was not doing anything
wrong, but police said he was engaged in a fight and refused to put his hands
behind his back. Thomas said police used excessive force. He was in court
Monday and his case was adjourned so he can be provided with a lawyer.
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said,
"There's a lot of emotion that are on both sides of the aisles with this –
in the department, out of the department. Everybody stay calm. Let us look at
all the relevant evidence and we'll go from there."
As the investigation continues, some
call for the officers involved to be removed from duty.
Pastor Willie Bacote said, "We
are asking for their suspension until this investigation is complete."
People are also asking for an
external investigation to review the incident.
"We're not attacking the Troy
Police Department," Bacote continued. "We're attacking the individuals that did
these acts against these people in the City of Troy."
Rosamilia said, "This is not
the image that we want to portray for the City of Troy. This is not what Troy
is all about. Troy is on a very positive track, and we want to keep that
Tedesco said he has no plans to
suspend any officers involved until the investigation requires him to do
so. He also said there are no plans for an external investigation unless
the current one requires them to do so as well.
The Mayor adds not all evidence has
been reviewed, yet, or seen by the public, including video from outside the
According to the police
spokesperson, officers encountered "heavy physical resistance and were
exposed to a crowd of approximately 200-250 persons." Officers were
allegedly subject to kicking, punching, pepper spray, and a fire extinguisher
sprayed at them.
Authorities said a garbage can was
thrown outside the business striking an officer and breaking out the rear
window of a Troy Police patrol unit. Officers requested assistance from the New
York State Police, Green Island, Watervliet, Menands, Colonie and the Cohoes
You can view the mayor's full statement posted below the comments section of this page.
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