After surveillance and cellphone video of the incident surfaced,
controversy has surrounded the arrest of Roshawon Donley. Some witnesses say
police used excessive force against him but police say he resisted arrest.
At a meeting Monday night, citizens voiced their concerns
about officers' conduct during the incident at Kokopellis. Tedesco said he will
not resign as Pastor Willie Bacote and other members of the Troy African
American Pastoral Alliance asked him to do at the community event. Tedesco said
an investigation will address concerns.
"We're still out collecting data other video that we
believe is out there," explained Tedesco. "You know our agency has its history
of doing investigations objectively and at the end of that if an officer needs
to be disciplined then we will discipline him."
Reverend Willie said he asked for the resignation because
he believes Tedesco is not exercising his leadership and handling this
"Whoever's responsible, whoever's in charge needs to
be responsible for their officers for what the acts that were perpetrated upon
the people at Kokopellis," said Reverand Willie.
However, Chief Tedesco said he believes the actions of
officers were appropriate and questions the Reverend's intentions.
"I don't really think the rift between the police
and the black community is that large in Troy but if you're looking to amend
that then my I question to the Reverend is what have you done?," said Tedesco.
Reverend Willie says he's asked for change.
"We've been saying to you for the past seven years
and when we have community meetings down here we've been bringing these issues
before you and asking you to do something," said Reverend Willie.
Mayor Lou Rosamilia stated on Monday that he believes the officers
acted appropriately given the situation Chief Tedesco says he also believes
officers acted appropriately, but that an investigation into the matter is
Tedesco says the investigation is ongoing and those conducting it
are still gathering more information and video of the incident.
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