N.Y. – The owners of Kokopellis Club in Troy have served a Notice of Claim
against the city in regards to the January 25 incident at the bar.
On Monday, owners Joe and Barry Glick served the Notice
of Claim, detailing alleged illegal conduct by Troy Police Officers.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday January 25, Troy Police
responded to a report of an injured bar employee on Fourth Street. Troy Police
say they arrived to the bar to find a crowd of 200-250 people.
Troy Police officers entered the bar trying to
find the assault victim but 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
Authorities said a garbage can was thrown, resulting in an injured
officer and a broken rear window of a Troy Police patrol unit. Two other
officers were also injured as they were allegedly hit in the head with bottles.
However, partygoers and witnesses believe police used excessive
force against 25-year-old Roshawon Donley. Donley was arrested and charged with
Harassment, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Five
others were arrested during the incident.
The Law Offices of Elmer Robert Keach III states that the Glicks
do not believe the incident at their club was a riot, but instead an
"example of racism and excessive force by Troy Police Officer who, without
justification, pummeled several patrons of Kokopellis, all of whom are
Notice of Claim states that since the early morning incident, Troy Police
Officers have parked their marked vehicles outside of the business nearly every
night. The owner's claim this has caused a loss of thousands of dollars in
business due to "harassment perpetuated by the Troy Police Department."
Since the incident, the Troy community has met to focus on the brawl at
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said a detective was
assigned to the case last month.