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Kokopellis issues statement on weekend incident


TROY, N.Y. -- Kokopellis, the business at the center of an investigation after a brawl ended with five arrests and several injured officers, has released a statement.

In the release, the business said that the "scuffle" that police responded to had already been solved and security staff had already "re-established order." [View the full statement below the comments section of this page]

The business said they have been invited by the Troy City Council to make a statement at their public meeting next Tuesday.

Troy PD issued the following statement in response:

"Our investigation is in progress and information relative to the event is helpful to our investigators. Mr. Glick's account represents a witness perspective and we will welcome it as information which may assist us as we move forward in investigating the facts and circumstances of Saturday's incident. The value of Mr. Glick's statements will be evaluated and measured against the strong physical evidence we have in our possession."

On Wednesday, Troy Police released the transcript as well as audio clips of the 911 calls made from Kokopellis when the fight first broke out.

Two calls were made at 2:37 a.m. describing a large fight inside the bar and moving outside. One caller said more than 100 people were involved.

Another caller, a bartender, told the 911 operator that "our bouncers are getting punched in the face and everything."

Police responded, and they say the scene inside got even more hectic, with eight officers getting hurt. Five people were arrested, including Roshawon Donley. Video of his arrest shows police using what some in the community call excessive force.

Captain John Cooney said he has some fear for the safety of his officers, as many community members are voicing their anger about the brutality allegations.

"There's just no upside to the outrage. There's no good reason for the community to speak out and march out yet. We have an investigation. We're uncovering facts daily that help explain what happened and as the Chief said patience is the number one issue we need to stress right now," said Cooney.

An investigation into that arrest is underway. Meanwhile, some members of the community have called for Chief John Tedesco to step down, something he said he will not do.   

Cooney said one complaint has been filed against the officers' conduct.

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