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Police Chief says change will come following Kokopellis incident

Posted: Updated: Feb 12, 2014 06:01 PM

TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police released more video of the Kokopellis Club incident on Tuesday, and they said once again that they believe officers acted appropriately.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said on Wednesday that Kokopellis is a catalyst for change, changes he plans to make. He said he is looking at the positive side of things when it comes to the incident at Kokopellis.

Tedesco said he believes officers acted appropriately following claims of excessive force, but that the circumstances and public outcry for change has opened a door for improvements.

"I think we need a heightened level of accountability within the department certainly from the command staff. Certainly we're going to look to revamp our community policing program. I think it's, you know we're working off a 1998 model and it's time for change," explained Tedesco.

The Police Chief has been questioned by Internal Affairs in the past and he has, in turn, asked for an FBI investigation into his department's Internal Affairs Department.

"I think the problem comes down to be the way we're examining our internal affairs cases," said Tedesco.

Tedesco did not elaborate on the problem, however he did say "Well, I'm not saying that they're not I'm just going to propose a change that will increase autonomy and I think therefore enhance the confidence the community has in our ability to do that."

City Council Member Rodney Wiltshire said it's a step in the right direction.

"I think that that's one of the biggest concerns that the community is crying out for is that they feel that the internal affairs bureau is flawed and it's not addressing these complaints seriously or effectively," said Rodney.

Mayor Lou Rosamillia responded to the possible changes.

"Chief Tedesco and I will sit down and discuss items the items that he's referring to the internal affairs investigation and restructuring that as well as looking at more command staff is something we have not shared yet at the table so I don't feel comfortable talking about something I'm not aware of but I'm sure well have an ongoing discuss ok about this," said Rosamillia.

Another change Tedesco will propose at the meeting, vamping up their community policing program.

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