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

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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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