Troy police chief responds to calls for his resignation

Posted at: 01/28/2014 1:11 PM
Updated at: 01/28/2014 10:46 PM
By: Kumi Tucker

Photo: WNYT Staff

TROY - Police Chief John Tedesco says the personal attacks have been extremely difficult for his family.

"I am not resigning," he said. "I have no intention to resign. There is no reason for me to resign. They've called for my resignation. They've called for the immediate suspension of the officers involved in this incident,and that's not going to happen either."

At a meeting Monday night at the Missing Link Street Ministry that was led by an alliance of seven Troy pastors, there was outrage that Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia is supporting police even before the investigation into alleged excessive force was complete. Outrage, too, at what many called ongoing racist tactics and discrimination.

They called for the resignation of Tedesco.

The controversy has continued since a melee at Kokopelli's Nightclub on 4th Street early Saturday morning. In the end, five people were arrested and both police and patrons were injured.

Tedesco says he has launched an internal investigation.

"Internal investigations are always on the side of the police," said Rev. Willie Bacote of the Missing Link Street Ministry. "You're never going to get the truth out unless you get an external, independent investigation, someone who has nothing to do with no part of Troy Police Department."

"We will support our officers and continue to do so unless credible evidence shows us differently," said Tedesco. "We certainly can't come out and indict our officers in the court of public opinion and no one else should do that either. I understand the emotions. But to call for the resignation of the chief of police, and this has been a pattern with Willie Bacote, every time something is occurring in the department he comes after me and that's fine. But I think he's crossed the line this time."

Bacote says he and others are planning a community march to the police station, then to City Hall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 starting at the Bethel Baptist Church.