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Kokopellis Fight Update
The lawyer hired by bar owners Joe and Barry Glick in Troy tells CBS6 News he expects to file a notice of claim with the city today or Friday, indicating the Glicks, owners of Kokopellis, intend to sue the city at some point. Attorney Bob Keach says statements made by police regarding what went on inside the bar on January 25th are false and defamatory. January 25 was the date police were called to the bar to handle a crowd of about two hundred. The Glicks have said there was a private party going on that night which they shut down early because, according to the Glicks, someone was smoking marijuana. Security camera video shows police officers hitting at least two people, including one who was on the floor with more than one officer hitting him. Police have said the officers' use of force was necessary and not excessive.
Keach was part of a panel gathered before about 75 people at the Missing Link AME Zion Church Wednesday night at the invitation of Pastor Willie Bacote. Keach told the group that through his research on behalf of clients in civil rights cases, he has seen documents suggesting Troy police often use too much force when making arrests.
Some of the people in the audience are exploring ways to get to the bottom of what happened - and why it happened - at Kokopellis that night. Many of them are hoping the U.S. Department of Justice will grant a recent request that it look into police practices in Troy.