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Editorial: Get officer off Schenectady payroll

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Just like in the bad old days of the Schenectady Police Department, it’s taking altogether too long — 14 months and counting — to determine whether an off-duty cop suspended for possibly criminal behavior can be fired. And he’s essentially been on paid vacation for all but the first month. The officer, John Hotaling, stands accused of a repugnant act of road rage — tailgating, then speeding past a young driver who wasn’t going fast ...

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June 4, 2014
9:59 a.m.

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Editorial missing some information: In the past internal investigations were done as soon as the allegations became known. The hearings were not scheduled because of concern it might negatively impact the criminal proceeding. These decisions are generally made based on discussions with District Attorney's Office. Additionally, many of the cases were held up due to the legal battles over the new disciplinary procedure.

June 4, 2014
2:28 p.m.

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Also, who is to say that the individuals making the accusations didn't do so base on possibly being arrested prior to said encounter? Have you looked I to the criminal past of those doing the accusing?? Were they arrested by this officer prior to this, and if so does it really make since to say "it was called in immediately, so no one knew his identy"? By your account any Joe schmoe should be able to make any accusations they please and lose their pay and lively hood, regardless of the outcome? Retro pay if found innocect does not really save a person from losing their house, car, having no you often think prior to writing and printing these rediculious articles? I say all members of the gazette should have their pay held until they are able to write and print a clearly thought out, educated, factual story.

June 4, 2014
3:47 p.m.

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ANYONE that knows Hotaling knows this is TOTALLY out of his character however, a lot of people that know the person making the complaint say the person probably more than had it coming if it even happened at all. How about looking into both side's background before you rush to judgement. Then again, all you need to hear is Schenectady cop and you have already passed judgement.

June 5, 2014
9:09 a.m.

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Again the Gazette forgets that he is innocent until proven guilty. Because Bennett said something it does not make it true, believe me he has been wrong before. As Mezz said, anyone that knows Hotaling knows that this is out of character, John is a pretty level headed laid back guy.. The Gazette might want to investigate for once before passing judgement.

June 5, 2014
12:53 p.m.

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I take no sides, I don't even live in Sch'dy County so I'm not tainted in my thought process. It seems the people sticking up for Officer Hotaling know him and therefore have a biased opinion. No matter how "out of character" it may seem, everybody has bad days and there is no telling what they may do on any given day (meaning he should have stayed IN his car). There are idiotic drivers everywhere and they all deserve a swift kick but there are many details in this story and they can't all be made up.
This guy crossed the line and if he's found guilty, who's to say how this event may have traumatized the student driver. Sounds like it was all ignorant adults that put this in motion and they should suffer the consequences for their lack of self control.