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Pair say off-duty Schenectady cop pointed gun at them

Alleged road-rage incident results in arrest, suspension

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Two Glenville residents have accused a Schenectady detective of pointing a gun at them during a road rage incident. After a weeklong investigation, Glenville police charged Detective John Hotaling with two counts of menacing, a misdemeanor. Hotaling, 45, of Glenville, has denied the charges, but Glenville police Lt. Stephen Janik said Hotaling admitted he got out of his car to confront the driver of another vehicle. Hotaling was suspended without pay after his arrest, and ...


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wmarincic
April 18, 2013
11:07 a.m.

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This story does not add up and smells awful fishy. Why would a veteran police office pull a gun, his obvious response would have been to anounce that he is a cop? I would believe he had his carry weapon and they saw it under his shirt and made up the story that he pulled a gun. I would not jump to conclusions on this one folks.

TwiceStroked
April 18, 2013
11:40 a.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
safny
April 18, 2013
12:14 p.m.

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Of course, marincic believes that no police officer ever did anything wrong. Police officers are people and like all other people, some of them do things that are illegal or otherwise wrong. The people who accuse them have to be criminals? This is why the system takes time to play out - and what about the witnesses found by the canvass - must they have criminal records as well? How did they screw up?? It's not a crime to give the finger.

wmarincic
April 18, 2013
12:35 p.m.

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SAFNY you have absolutely no idea what I believe. Trust me, there are a couple cops in Schenectady I don't like. All I know is that when my wife was dying of cancer last year a bunch of cops at SPD were there for me. Again, the story does not pass the smell test to me, I never said I was right, I said don't jump to conclusions.

RKrough
April 18, 2013
2:23 p.m.

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A hot headed cop pulling a gun or threatening during a road incident,bar incident or domestic incident unfortunately is nothing unusual these days. I had one flash a badge on me when he cut me off at at the Glenville boat ramp of all places because he wanted to get his bass boat in the water 3 minutes ahead of me.
But don't worry this cop like most of them will walk away scot free and the Arnow's can look forward to being harassed until the charges are dropped. The police union will see to that.

cheeseburger
April 18, 2013
6:50 p.m.

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wmarincic, the mafia has honor also. your not that ignorant are you?

dlittlecook
April 18, 2013
7:46 p.m.

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I think the evidence speaks for itself. There is even a recorded 911 call where the caller states a man is pointing a gun at him. Had the cop showed his badge and not his gun, there probably wouldn't have been a problem. Nooo, after the guy calls 911, the cop jumps back in his car and speeds off. The guys follow him while still on the phone with 911 and the dispatcher tells them to stop following him and go to the police station. Then the Glenville police have to call the officer into he station to ask him what happened?

Yep, you're right wmarinicic, these thugs are just trying to get the good hearted police officer in trouble.

wmarincic
April 18, 2013
9:07 p.m.

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And George Zimmerman is a white Hispanic. Just because the caller says he pulled a gun does not make it true. I can call 911 and say somebody pulled a gun on me, what does it prove other than I said it? I just wonder why everyone is always so fast to pass judgement on the SPD. I heard the same story about police brutality after the Grove Place shooting until the tape proved everyone wrong. I don't know if he is innocent or guilty, that is why we have courts. I don't believe it for many reasons, the difference between me and you is that I believe in "innocent until proven guilty".

reader1
April 19, 2013
8:53 a.m.

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Innocent until proven guilty?

Fair enough, but a curious statement from someone who accuses DEA agents of corruption, without providing any supportive evidence, let alone a trial.

TwiceStroked
April 19, 2013
9:08 a.m.

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Still gotta agree w/wmar, can't dispute that the call was made just what was happening.
Was the det really still standing there?
Was the gun even out of the holster?
Was this anything more than an exchange of freedom of speech?
Remember that one?
I still think this is nothing more than malicious prosecution.

TwiceStroked
April 19, 2013
9:24 a.m.

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P.S.
And why after allegedly getting a gun pointed @ them would they pursue him?
Afterall, They didn't know he was a cop.
Risk getting shot just 2 get a license plate # just doesn't "Smell Right".
The more on read on this, the more it smells.

reader1
April 19, 2013
10:11 a.m.

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Time will tell

Will1960
April 19, 2013
2:52 p.m.

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@daily,

"I've heard there's been 'hits' out on SPD officers & their families" What is your source for that "information"?

cfield
April 19, 2013
3:14 p.m.

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Kudos to the Daily Rag for giving this story top billing over the Boston terrorist attacks. Glad you know a real news story when you see it.

TwiceStroked
May 8, 2013
5:34 p.m.

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Why are posts being deleted by the site staff.
What happened to freedom of speech?
or does that only apply when a socalled news reporter wants it to?
Don't ask for our COMMENTS if all you're goning to do is SENSOR US.

jpatrick
May 8, 2013
6:16 p.m.

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We welcome comments dealing with the issues raised by the article. We delete comments for a number of reasons. We will delete, for example, comments that are off-topic, that attack victims of alleged crimes, that contain foul language or that contain personal attacks.

Judy Patrick
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