Angry crowd demands action after shooting

August 16, 2017 06:58 PM

Troy police shut down River Street to allow for a rally outside of City Hall. They were angry and they wanted to talk to the mayor. 

Over 100 people were at the rally -- chanting and shouting demanding Mayor Patrick Madden emerge to talk to them.

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Madden did come out eventually. First, he brought in Dahmeek McDonald's uncle, Messiah Cooper, to talk behind closed doors.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with Cooper before they made their march from the scene to City Hall.

"We’re coming out for hopefully someone in positions to take notice, not just to take notice, but do something. I mean, to reprimand the officer that committed the act, hold them accountable and then retrain them. We don’t want those officers in our community. If you don’t live here, we’d rather not have you here. We’d rather be policed by our own," suggested Cooper.

He feels police are not held accountable for their actions in his neighborhood and the shooting was just another example.

The crowd screamed obscenities at officers and also NewsChannel 13 crews while Cooper and family met with the mayor and police inside.

When he emerged, he told an angry crowd to be patient as police investigate the officer's actions.

"We spoke with the mayor and the mayor gave us his word and he's going to deal with the matter appropriately," explained Cooper. "All I can do is wait and see. I'm going to take him on his word."

Madden quieted the crowd.

"I thought we had a very fruitful discussion. There was nothing that we disagreed on. This investigation needs to follow its course," explained Madden.

Ignoring the giant anti-police sign and some of the protestors, Cooper told the young people they need to sign up for the police exam.

"We’re going to work on getting our young black man and people of color to take the exam so they can police our communities. That's what we need to work on," he declared.


WNYT Staff

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