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Community reacts to additional video of night club fight
TROY -- Police released additional camera angles and video footage Tuesday of a fight at Kokopellis Night Club last month. Several pastors and community members allege the officers used excessive force with members of the crowd.
Please note the demeanor of the officers as they enter the bar. They come through the entrance in an orderly fashion relying on each other for protection they deserve, said Capt. John Cooney of the Troy Police as he played the video.
Police say the video shows officers were following protocol as they worked to bring order to the boisterous crowd of approximately 240 people.
The clubs co-owner Joe Glick previously said they called 911 when one of its security officers was assaulted by a group while attempting to shut down.
Police also say the angles show Roshawon Donley, 25, beginning the altercation that led to his arrest and claims of police brutality.
He lunges at the officer. One officer delivers a heel strike to the chin as hes been trained to do for anyone approaching him in an aggressive manner, said Cooney.
The Troy African-American Pastoral Alliance and several other community leaders held forums after the incident and alleged brutality.
On Tuesday, Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link AME Zion Church said the alliance pastors were planning to meet privately Friday to review the video and will release a statement.
There are ways of editing things and I just want to make sure that it's done correctly and we're not trying to make one side look better than the other here, said Pastor Tim Sherman with Fresh Anointing Ministries, who has worked with the alliance.
A public safety committee meeting is planned for Wednesday evening. Police Chief John Tedesco is expected to make additional comments about the incident and relations with the public.