Updated: 01/29/2014 9:05 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 4:48 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
TROY – Police release 911 transcripts and radio transmissions from the weekend bar fight at Kokopellis Nightclub in Troy. They say the calls more clearly draw a picture of exactly what it was like for officers that night, both inside and outside the bar.
The fight began during a promoter-hosted memorial service at the bar, remembering a local murder victim.
Staff members smelled marijuana smoke and decided to close early.
As police tried to get things under control, officers and patrons say they were hurt. Some say the way police handled things was too violent and a case of "racist tactics" and "discrimination."
Troy Police say they were outnumbered 15 to 1 and the officers had to use some method of crowd control to defend themselves.
Cellphone and bar video show some of what happened, including an officer striking Rashawon Donley. The brawl ended with five arrests, and both police and patrons injured.
Troy police called for help from Watervliet, Green Island, Cohoes, Colonie, State Police and Albany. P
Police say 911 calls from inside the bar describe about 100 people fighting and someone getting hit with a bottle. They dispute claims that everything was orderly until officers showed up.
"Now we've got 911 tapes, including a bartender calling and saying, 'We need a few cops here. We got a ton of people fighting right now. Our bouncers are getting punched in the face and everything,'" said Troy Police Capt. John Cooney. "That's the situation that our officers walked into on Saturday morning."
Police say they are prohibited from releasing the audio of the 911 recordings.
Call received 2:37 am
911… where is your emergency?
Hi we need the Troy police at Kokopellis 124
What’s going on there?
Ah… we got a bar fight goin’ on here
Inside the bar?
It’s inside movin’ out
Okay, are there any weapons there or anything like that?
Uh… someone got hit with a bottle (????) bottle
Do they need any… ambulance or anything?
(Speaking to other persons) uh… (????) you need an ambulance or anything?
No we’re good.
How many people are fighting?
Ahhh.. (????) more… about a hundred
Okay what’s your name?
XXX, what’s your telephone number?
Okay, we’re gonna get ‘em right over there okay?
Call received 2:37 am
911… where’s your emergency?
Hey, um… I’m a bartender at Kokopellis, we need, um, a few cops down here we got like a ton of people fighting right now and our bouncers are getting punched in the face and everything…
Inside or outside?
What’s your first name?
Uh… what’s that?
Your first name
My name’s XXXXX, XXXXXXXXX
Thank you… we’ll send ‘em right down