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Troy officer accused in fight appears in court

NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The Troy Police officer charged with elbowing a man at a Little League game was arraigned in North Greenbush on Friday.

Officer Dominick Comitale settled claims of excessive force in the past and is facing a recent allegation of road rage.

Notably, the judge deciding not to issue an order of protection for the alleged victim, which could have prohibited him from carrying a gun.

Comitale remained tight-lipped as he and his lawyer William Roberts entered North Greenbush Town Court. Inside, he pleaded not guilty to harassment for allegedly elbowing a man and splitting his lip at the Twin Town Little League field last week.

Roberts says Comitale denies the incident.

“Frankly, the fact that we’re here before this court because Comitale stepped in and broke up a fight, as any officer would, is frankly a travesty," Roberts said.

Comitale is facing increased scrutiny after a woman came forward earlier this week accusing the officer of road rage. The woman shared cell phone video with NEWS10 ABC.

Troy Police say that incident has been “resolved.”

That’s not all, Attorney Lee Kindlon says he’s won three settlement cases, where victims claimed Comitale used excessive force and broke the department's code of conduct. He says the settlements cost Troy taxpayers nearly $200,000.

“The public is well served to have Comitale ensuring that you are safe,' Roberts said. "There’s no man that you want standing on the street as an officer. The Troy Police department is lucky to have him.”

Comitale has been suspended pending an internal investigation by the Troy Police Department and is expected back in court at the end of the month.


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