The following is the statement by Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia about the fight over the weekend involving his city’s police department and patrons at Kokopellis Night Club. (Please note in the statement, they spelled the club incorrectly.) Initially, they had said there would be a press conference and then cancelled it and issued this 13-sentence statement:
“The events that occurred at Kokapellis night club during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 are currently under investigation.
Authorities are currently acquiring and reviewing the evidence, including all video footage and witness statements. The situation over the last 72 hours remains fluid and more information becomes available each day.
When officers arrived at 2:45 a.m. to Kokapellis to answer a report of an employee being assaulted, they were faced with aggressive behavior.
Pepper spray was being used by patrons, glass bottles were thrown at officers, a fire extinguisher was discharged and a garbage can was thrown into a patrol car.
This afternoon, I met with Police Commissioner Tony Magnetto, Chief John Tedesco, Assistant Chief George Vanbramer, Deputy Chief Buddy McAvoy and Captain John Cooney.
Although we are in the early stages of the investigation, preliminary evidence indicates that our police department, in an effort to gain control of an out-of-control situation, used necessary force in order to make arrests and protect themselves and others.
Let us not forget, eight Troy Police officers were injured and six of them were treated at the hospital.
A total of six other police agencies responded in order to provide assistance and I thank them for their work in bringing the situation under control.
We were very lucky that the incident ended without further violence and more severe injury to anyone.
A detective has been assigned to the case and the investigation will continue.
This is not the image of the City that we want to portray. This is not Troy.
-Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Mayor of Troy