Troy Chief responds to community concerns
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 10:43 PM EST
TROY -- Police Chief John
Tedesco responded to allegations of police brutality during a public safety
committee meeting of the city council. His comments come a week after a dozen
speakers alleged officers used excessive force while responding to an incident
at Kokopellis Night Club.
such as we heard from this podium last week serves no function other than to advance
personal agendas rather to engage in meaningful dialogue,” said Tedesco.
The chief also shot back at Pastor Willie Bacote, who helped bring the
allegations to the forefront with claims that he has spoken to many mothers of
sons who were beaten by police.
“I am personally challenging Mr. Bacote when he hears of my remarks to produce
these victims so their claims can be properly investigated. Mr. Bacote also
said he sat with me to discuss police brutality. That simply never occurred,”
said Tedesco. “His idea of working together is publicly indicting police
officers, prying into an investigation into their actions. That’s not my idea
of working together.”
Bacote did not attend Wednesday’s meeting. On Tuesday he told CBS 6 the Troy
African-American Pastoral Alliance will meet privately to review newly released
surveillance video and will issue a statement.
Troy Police Benevolent Association’s President Bob Fitzgerald called on Bacote
to resign from the alliance because of his recent comments.
Tedesco outlined steps needed to rebuild community relations by improving community
“The furor over this incident indicates change is necessary,” said Tedesco “It
can only be achieved by the continuing efforts of both entities.”