Off-duty officer’s 911 call about Black youths raises questions

Essex County
Officer Sean McKown outside the Cohoes Police Station

Officer Sean McKown outside the Cohoes Police Station on September 9, 2015. (John Carl D’Annibale / The Albany Times Union / AP)

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Amid pressure from activists and community leaders, a prosecutor has asked New York State Police for the case file on an incident in which an off-duty police officer claimed he had been shot at by a group of Black people.

Activists and community leaders delivered a letter to Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague last week demanding a full investigation of the June 6 incident involving Cohoes Officer Sean McKown.

McKown initially reported he had confronted a group of Black youths outside his summer home in the Adirondacks. He is now retiring amid suspicions that he made the story up.

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