Troy Police Chief John Tedesco responded to public calls for his resignation after a violent altercation between officers and patrons. Our John Dougherty has the story.
TROY, N.Y. -- Troy Police Chief John Tedesco responded to public calls for his resignation on Tuesday.
The calls for resignation followed a the violent brawl between police officers and patrons inside a Troy bar. Some members of the community believe officers went too far. The incident happened early Saturday morning when police were called to Kokopellis for reports of assault.
Officers say they were kicked, punched, and pepper sprayed, and several of them were sent to the hospital. Pastor William Bacote says the incident showed signs of police brutality and is leading the call for Tedesco's resignation.
However, Tedesco says he has no plans to step down.
"Now with the commissioner leaving and the mayor is undecided as to what course to follow here, I certainly don't think his calls were genuine. But I can tell you I have no intention, and I'm not resigning," said Tedesco.
Time Warner Cable News caught up with Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia at an event Tuesday morning. He said he had no further comment on the incident.