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Group demands answers following bar brawl
TROY About 50 people
marched through the streets of Troy Tuesday afternoon to bring awareness to
claims of racial injustice in the city. The group made a lap around the Troy
Police Department before going into a Public Safety Committee meeting at Christ
Many of the participants alleged officers used excessive force following a brawl at Kokopellis last month.
I told you this was coming. I told you as well as my own people if we did not find a way to have a civil and productive conversation soon enough people would be fed up and here we are today, said Rev. Willie Bacote, who helped organize the march.
A dozen speakers
addressed the committee, all making remarks against the police department. Kokopellis co-owner Barry Glick told the committee in hindsight he would not
have invested in Troy given the backlash his business has received.
The facts as examined will reveal the police did enter my building aggressively, not presenting themselves as a force to diffuse to a potentially difficult situation, but rather they entered the building screaming and using profanities, said Glick.
The committee, which is charged with providing recommendations on how to proceed, could only ask clarifying questions and could not respond to speakers. Chief John Tedesco is expected to make a statement to the community during the communitys next meeting on Feb. 12.
I think what you're looking at here is certainly a diminished trust on both sides of the isle, said Tedesco. I will be addressing that next week.