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Schenectady detective to retire in deal

Charges will be dropped in road-rage incident

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Yet another police officer is retiring to avoid more serious punishment for misbehavior. Schenectady Det. John Hotaling has been offered a plea deal in which he would retire, with a full pension, in exchange for road-rage charges essentially being dropped. Hotaling allegedly pointed his police pistol at others during a road rage confrontation. Hotaling will admit he lost his temper, retire from the force, take anger-manage- ment classes and perform community service in exchange for ...


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wmarincic
June 6, 2014
7:09 a.m.

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Before anybody jumps to conclusions that he is guilty, he was planning on retiring anyway and this was just the easiest way to put this behind him. Thanks for your 20 years of service to the city John. I'm sorry that you had to go through this and that the people that should of had your back and proven your innocence just hung you out to dry like they did with so many others before you.

mezz3131
June 6, 2014
7:24 a.m.

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I'll second that....

tonijean613
June 6, 2014
7:25 a.m.

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Thanking a police officer for abusing his power with a full pension? easy way to retire early? Good grief- then you wonder why property taxes are so out of control? On top of high salaries, health, pensions, over time- taxpayers also get stuck with tab of having to pay while suspended and pay for their defense. People don't randomly dial 911 and claim a person is pointing a gun at them. Get real.

reader1
June 6, 2014
8:36 a.m.

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Disappointing but anticipated response from marincic.

Unfortunate that John's career ended like this, but, Commissioner Bennett and Chief Kilcullen do not take having to dismiss officers lightly. Regardless of how firm they were in their conviction that John needed to be dismissed from the agency - they knew John personally, worked with him for years - these decisions are unpleasant but necessary.

wmarincic
June 6, 2014
2:14 p.m.

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Brian, not for nothing... Don't forget where you came from.

mezz3131
June 6, 2014
7:47 p.m.

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Yet ANOTHER horribly written article by the worst reporter ever to work in the capital district. This article is so biased against police officers it is a joke. Kathleen Moore has no business reporting the news. Wasn't this Steve Cooks story anyway? Why is this Fiction storyteller writing this article then? Oh yea, Steve Cook would write it unbiased, unlike Kathleen Moore. Horrible Horrible reporter.

kopacham
June 6, 2014
8:51 p.m.

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Don't you wish civil servant retirements were like the military. You need an honorable discharge to receive your pension and VA benefits. Not a golden handshake to bail after doing something despicable. The big loser is the Schenectady city taxpayer who has to fund the ridiculous retirement system the police and fire fighters have.

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