Mother of teen allegedly roughed up by APD speaks out

August 18, 2016 05:23 PM

It was NewsChannel 13 that first showed Tina Stoughton the police report filed after an incident at the St. Anne Institute, a group home for girls, that ended with Albany Police Officer Ervis Miftari facing child endangerment and harassment charges.

"I'm an emotional wreck right now, knowing the office did that to my daughter," explained Stoughton from outside her Otsego County home on Thursday.

According to court documents, during a July call for restraint, the 29 year old Miftari pushed 15 year old Khailee Stoughton against the wall and then threw her to the ground.  But Khailee's mom claims her daughter told her the officer of nearly three years choked her.

"she said she couldn't breathe at one point."

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox maintains the surveillance video doesn't show that and adds that Khailee wasn't physically injured.  That's why Miftari only faces misdemeanor charges.  Khailee's mom is skeptical, mostly she explains, because she says she asked but was told she could not view the video.

"I'm irate.  I'm trying to do what I can as a parent and keep calm."

But that's difficult when the person responsible for keeping the peace is accused of the exact opposite.

"For a 15 year old to go through that...he (the officer) could have handled it a lot differently," adds Stoughton.

NewsChannel 13 spoke to Chief Cox this afternoon and he said he's not sure who told Stoughton that she couldn't see the video but it wasn't him and he added that he understands why she would want to view it and he is more than willing to show it to her.

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Abigail Bleck

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