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3 officers hurt breaking up Schenectady fight

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Schenectady police officers surround a house at 532 Schenectady Street after officers called for immediate assistance bringing Niskayuna, Scotia, Glenville, and Rotterdam police officers to the scene Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady police officers surround a house at 532 Schenectady Street after officers called for immediate assistance bringing Niskayuna, Scotia, Glenville, and Rotterdam police officers to the scene Wednesday.

— Three city police officers were injured Thursday night as they broke up a fight on Schenectady Street, authorities said.

One of the officers, Sgt. Christopher Scaccia, suffered a possible broken nose, according to papers filed in court.

Three people were arrested in connection with the fight and the aftermath, according to papers, with two accused of injuring the officers.

The incident happened about 8:40 p.m. on Schenectady Street near Van Voast Street. The reason for the original interaction with police was unclear.

Joseph E. Toomer, 39, of 464 Livingston Ave., Albany, was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault. He is accused of injuring Scaccia and Officer Michael Randle, who suffered a scrape to his hand. Both were injured as they tried to arrest Toomer.

Toomer also faces one count each of second-degree riot, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and menacing. He is also accused of encouraging others to fight officers.

Manuel Toomer, 23, of 525 Schenectady St., faces one count of second-degree assault. He is accused of injuring Officer Brandon Kietlinski, who suffered a scrape to his hand.

Manuel Toomer is also accused of trying to help prevent Joseph Toomer’s arrest.

Manuel Toomer also faces misdemeanor counts of third-degree hindering prosecution, second-degree riot, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and menacing.

Dodie A. Toomer, 43, of 532 Schenectady St., was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, both misdemeanors.

 
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