Troy City Council to meet with Attorney General's Office over Thevenin report

January 19, 2018 11:20 PM

TROY - Reactions continue to roll out of Troy after the New York Attorney General’s office released a report on the deadly police killing of Edson Thevenin.

On Friday, Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello sent a letter to the Attorney General’s office requesting to sit down with the council to discuss the report.

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"I felt it was very, very important to request the AG'S Office sit down with the council firsthand to discuss the 200 page report,” said Mantello.

The Attorney General’s Office responded quickly saying “we’re happy to meet with the Council regarding the report, and will be in touch to schedule a time.”

The AG’s report released Tuesday blasted Troy Police and Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over their handling of the investigation of Thevenin.

Thevenin was shot and killed by Sergeant Randall French in April 2016.

"I really felt as council president it's our duty to be the oversight the watch dog for the administration, for the executive and that includes the Troy Police force, Troy Police Department,” added Mantello.

It will be a chance for the City Council to review the recommendations for the police department that are in the report as well. Such as reforming policies when it comes to officers shooting at vehicles and requiring body and dashboard cameras.

Mantello said she has members of her family that are Troy Police Officers, but she says with anything there’s always room for improvement.

"From a 200 page report, it's really tough to dissect what they're saying and then when the Mayor is kind of saying no we don't need anything, that's obviously an issue,” said Mantello.

On Tuesday Mayor Patrick Madden released this statement:

“The City of Troy continues to be unfairly involved in the jurisdictional dispute between the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Rensselaer County District Attorney. We fundamentally disagree with the Attorney General’s findings contained within the SIPU report and are confident that the Troy Police Department’s operations and procedures remain consistent with best practices adhered to by law enforcement agencies across the state and nation. While we believe the factual inaccuracies and errors contained within the report unfairly put the Troy Police Department in a negative light, we will continue to fully cooperate with Attorney General’s office in their investigation and remain in communication to further discuss their findings.”

"For us to be hearing that but not getting any back up, we haven't received any back up and it's very conflicting,” said Mantello. "We'd like to know what those errors are so, I'm hopeful that before we sit down, we can hear firsthand from the Mayor."

Mayor Madden’s Deputy Director of Public Information said Friday "Due to civil litigation involving the city and the investigation involving the Rensselaer County district attorney by the State Attorney General's office the city will not be commenting at this time.


Emily De Vito

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