N.Y. – A 30-year-old Troy man has been arrested in connection to the Kokopellis
melee in late January.
Hassan Burns was arrested at his residence in relation to the attempted robbery
of Officer Brandon Cipperly at Kokopelli's Club on Saturday, January 25.
say an investigation determined that burns attempted to forcibly remove the
baton in the possession of Officer Cipperly when he entered the establishment
in response to a reported assault. His actions were recorded on video.
is charged with Attempted Robbery and Obstruction of Governmental
Originally, five people were arrested and several officers
were injured after police attempted to subdue an assault at the location.
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
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 said 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