TROY, N.Y. -- Troy Police Chief John Tedesco is responding to demands from community members for his immediate resignation after allegations of police brutality were made by witnesses and some arrested during an incident at Kokopellis Saturday.
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 situation correctly.
"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 taking place.
Tedesco says the investigation is ongoing and those conducting it are still gathering more information and video of the incident.
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