Protestors demand justice for Edson Thevenin

August 23, 2019 09:43 AM

People in Troy are calling for accountability from the police department. They say the fatal shooting of Edson Thevenin by Sergeant Randall French in April of 2016 was a murder.

French was not charged with any crime.


On Thursday night, protestors took their message to city leaders. They protested outside the Polish-American Club, which held the city council meeting.

“He kept everyone laughing, everyone smiling, everyone liked being around him,” said Thevenin’s pastor, Tre Stanton of the Empire Christian Center.

“I wish the officer that shot him so callously had the opportunity to know that before he killed him that night,” said Stanton.

Thursday night’s demonstration came after a 69 page internal police investigation report. The report found French to be “reckless, unjustified, and culpable” in the shooting of Thevenin.

French has maintained that during the event of that night he feared Thevenin was going to run him over.

Some community members say the report confirmed what they thought.

After protesting outside, the group then went into the meeting because there was supposed to be a public comment period.

They wanted to make demands to city leaders. They are demanding for accountability at all levels as well as a civilian review board.

Protestors stood in the council meeting for about two hours holding their signs. When the finance meeting ran late, protestors started chanting and walked out of the meeting.

They are vowing that they will not stop fighting until justice is served for everyone in the community.

To hear more from the protestors, click on Emily De Vito’s story.


WNYT Staff

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