Troy cop accused of elbowing man in face appears in court
TROY, N.Y. (WRGB) - The Troy police officer who was off-duty last weekend when he allegedly elbowed a man in the face at a little league baseball field was in court on Friday.
This incident isn't the officer's first physical force allegation.
The officer was charged with second degree harassment.
"They're requesting an order of protection and I don't think there's any need for it," said defense attorney William Roberts.
Roberts spoke on behalf of his client Dominick Comitale on Friday, almost one week to the day after the off-duty officer was involved in an altercation at the Twin Town Little League fields.
"My client was called to the aid to break up a dispute between the complainant in this case and another parent,” Roberts said.
He says his client didn't initiate anything. Court paperwork alleges that Comitale elbowed a man in the mouth, injuring him.
"What I find remarkable is that there are a number of witnesses that haven't been spoken to in this matter," Roberts said Friday.
We spoke with parents earlier this week who wished to remain anonymous. They told us Comitale was a threat, and was banned from the complex.
"Frankly, the fact that we're here before this court because Officer Comitale stepped in and broke up a fight as any officer would is frankly a travesty," Roberts said.
Comitale's character has been questioned after other physical force allegations against him. But Roberts says his client is a great officer and the Troy Police Department is lucky to have him.
The department confirms Comitale has been placed on administrative leave as an internal investigation is conducted.
Comitale is due back in North Greenbush court on September 25.