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FBI will not investigate Kokopelli's incident

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TROY, N.Y. – Officials from the FBI will not conduct an investigation into the actions of Troy Police Officers during a January incident at Kokopelli's Night Club.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says a careful examination of physical evidence, witness accounts, and official documents resulted in the development of a clear picture of the facts and circumstances of the event.

It was then determined that an official FBI investigation was not a necessary next step.

A total of 9 people were arrested following the melee. According to authorities, Troy Police officers were requested to help stop an assault that was reported in progress at Kokopellis on Fourth Street in January.

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 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 at them.

Controversy surrounded the arrest of one of the men. A witness who recorded video of the arrest said officers used excessive force, leading to calls for an investigation.

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