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Troy Police hold press conference on Kokopellis incident

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TROY, N.Y. - The Troy Police Department has announced a press conference will be held on Tuesday afternoon to address the Kokopellis incident in January.

Troy Police say five people were arrested and several officers were injured after police attempted to subdue an assault at the bar.

Police shared clips from all 16 cameras inside the nightclub, and played parts of two 911 calls for help.

In one video from inside the bar, you can see a suspect lunging and then swinging at the officer. Video from outside the venue shows the windshield of police cruiser being broken and bottles thrown at officers.

The police commissioner explained that based on the video there is no further investigation needed and that his officers acted appropriately.

According to authorities, Troy Police officers were requested to help stop an assault that was reported in progress at Kokopellis on Fourth Street shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday.

As officers arrived, they found a crowd at the door which was moving onto the street. Police say a number of people were arguing and taking part in physical confrontation.

Troy Police officers entered the bar trying to find the assault victim, however there was a crowd of 200-250 people, authorities said. Troy Police Captain John Cooney say responding officers were "subject to kicking, punching, pepper spray and a fire extinguisher being completely emptied via the spraying of the powder content on the officers."

Officers were able to locate and remove the 23-year-old victim, a bar employee, from the scene. Police say he suffered from lacerations and bruising to the face.

Patrol units were called to the scene in order to control the large group of people who left the bar.

Cooney said a garbage can was thrown, resulting in an injured officer and a broken rear window of a Troy Police patrol unit. He said two more officers were also injured as they were hit in the head with bottles, which were being thrown at them.

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