Attorney general releases report in Troy police-involved shooting

January 16, 2018 11:28 PM

The state attorney general's office has released its report in the police-shooting death of Edson Thevenin.

No police officers involved with the investigation will be charged right now.

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Thevenin, 37, was shot during a Troy traffic stop in April 2016.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove was arraigned on perjury and official misconduct charges for his handling of the investigation after the police officer who killed the man was cleared of wrongdoing. That case is still pending.

In the AG's report, the office concludes that the evidence does not suggest law enforcement officials involved in this case could be held criminally responsible for their actions.

However, the AG's office did find significant problems within the Troy Police Department during its investigation. Among them according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a "flawed, prejudged analysis of the evidence and a failure to properly interview all of the available witnesses to the shooting."

Schneiderman also said criminal prosecution would have been impossible, because the officer involved testified before a 2016 grand jury without having waived immunity from prosecution.

However the AG's office is suggesting The Troy Police Department institute several immediate reforms to address a number of problems in the department.

More information:

Attorney general report on Edson Thevenin investigation


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