Troy police officers recovering; video sparks claims of brutality
TROY The eight police officers injured in a melee at a Troy night club early Saturday morning are recovering quickly, according to police spokesman Capt. John Cooney.
Officers entering the Kokopellis Night Club on Fourth Street in the city to stop the assault of the club’s bouncer were greeted by an unruly crowd, police said. On their way to the 23-year-old bouncer, who was found with lacerations on his face, officers were punched and sprayed with pepper spray and a fire extinguisher, according to a information released Saturday.
The resistance put six officers in the hospital and left two more with sprains and bruises. A day later, Cooney said, the force is doing fine.
“All but two are back to work,” he said.
Two officers, including one who was cut in the face by a bottle, are taking a few days off, but will make full recoveries.
While a large number of the Troy police force was getting checked out at Samaritan Hospital. A cellphone video taken at the scene was posted to Youtube.
The video shows an officer hitting an unarmed club-goer with a baton. That video racked up nearly 12,000 views by Sunday evening and sparked calls of police brutality.
“There are people making brutality claims,” Cooney said.
He couldn’t comment at length on the video, except to say it does depict the scene at the night club and that Troy police officers did use force.
“It’s a 44-second video that does not capture the totality of the 20 minute episode,” he said.
Friday night and into Saturday morning Kokopellis was booked for a private party. Roughly 200 people showed up and the Troy Police Department deployed extra officers to the area as a precaution.
At approximately 2:45 a.m. the club owner noticed marijuana smoke in the air and decided it was time to close. At that point a disgruntled patron attacked the bouncer and club staff called to officers outside for help.
Met with physical resistance, the officers used physical force. Assistance was even requested from the state police, Green Island, Watervliet, Menands, Colonie and Cohoes police departments.
Overall, six people were arrested.