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Report: Troy cop lied about fatal shooting

August 13, 2019 07:47 PM

TROY - Troy Police Sergeant Randall French has maintained all along that after Edson Thevenin was pulled over and boxed in on the Collar City Bridge the morning of April 17, 2017, he feared Thevenin was about to run him over, which he believes justified him to fire eight bullets through Thevenin's windshield.

The Internal Affairs Report prepared by Troy Police Captain Joseph Centanni, that was first reported by the Albany Times Union, concludes, "Sgt. French engaged in several reckless acts which dramatically increased the likelihood of a violent confrontation with Thevenin."

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At the time of the incident, the report states, "French initiated an unauthorized crash into Thevenin's vehicle."

When investigators got to the scene, the report also mentions, "French failed to inform the Inspectional Services Bureau that HE initiated the crash."

What French allegedly did say to investigators was that "When I made the U-turn onto the bridge myself, (Thevenin) had already crashed. I didn't actually see him collide with the (cement barrier)."

The report goes on to mention that "Sgt. French is a 10-year member of the department's Emergency Response Team and a firearm's instructor. As such, he has received extensive specialized training as it relates to countless tactical situations. It is inconceivable that Sgt. French would consider attempting to engage in any of (his actions) based on his training."

The report's criticism doesn't end with French.

It also mentions that "countless critical portions of information should have been established prior to then Troy Police Chief John Tedesco's public comments related to the fact pattern surrounding the death of Thevenin."

The Troy Corporation Counsel James Caruso issued a statement on Tuesday that reads in part, "the Internal Affairs Report is fundamentally flawed and inconsistent with the facts."

The report also points out that even though the city and the Troy Police Command agreed to purchase dashboard cameras in 2014, the matter was tabled due to budgetary restrictions. The report concludes body cameras or dashboard cameras would have provided clarity in this case.


MORE INFORMATION: Edson Thevenin report: Write-up | Edson Thevenin report: Documents

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