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Police respond to video of arrests made at Kokopellis Night Club
TROY -- When Troy police got to Kokopellis on 124, 4th street, they did not expect to end up with eight injured officers and a viral video stirring up controversy.
"The officers did make their way through the crowd at times being punched, kicked, there was pepper spray, sprayed upon the officers. They were also subject to a fire extinguisher, a powder fire extinguisher on the officers as they attempted to aid the victim," says Capt. John Cooney.
Police say it's when they left the night club that things took an ugly turn. They say a garbage can was thrown striking an officer and breaking a police car window. They also say glass bottle were thrown striking two officers in the head. Still the owner of the nightclub says his patrons did nothing wrong.
Bar owner Joe Glick shared security camera video - he says it speaks for itself and show his patrons doing nothing wrong. Someone posted cell-phone video on the CBS6 facebook page, showing police using force during an arrest.
Troy police say they are looking at Glick's video and point out that youtube clip doesn't tell the full story.
"There is a segment of that video where the officers are placing the subtext under arrest. They're using physical force based upon their training and their expertise. And the degree of physical force that's yet to be determined based on the fact that we had no clear audio. We have tapes that we understand are out there that we would encourage the public to bring to us," Cooney tells us.
Police arrested six people. Captain Cooney says every injured officer is expected to be okay.
The investigation isn't over yet. Captain Cooney says officers were already patrolling that block because there was trouble the last time there was a private party at Kokopellis.
We're learning that there was a party being held at the club that night in honor of Darzee Reid, who was murdered in Albany last year.