Troy police video raises concern about excessive force

August 09, 2019 06:52 PM

TROY - Surveillance video provided to NewsChannel 13 anonymously was taken Thursday night at 10:18 p.m. on the 90 block of Jefferson Street in Troy. 

From one video angle, you can see a man speaking to two Troy PD officers. One officer steps toward the man, the other motions toward his elbow and the man goes off running. 

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They disappear out of frame for about 14 seconds. You can see them reappear in another angle where we see three officers and a K-9. 

Karen Tararache reached out to Troy Police Captain Steven Barker. Barker explained the person being held by officers is Dino Macaluso, a 52-year-old parole absconder. Police recognized him and when they questioned him, the captain says he gave them a false name, pushed an officer and resisted arrest. 

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At one point in the video, you can see the K-9 officer pick up his K-9 and walk it over to Macaluso and allow the dog to bite him. The K-9 doesn't let go of his arm. This had our concerned viewer questioning - was this excessive force used by the Troy police officers?

According to Captain Barker, no. Barker says this is called "a control bite." K-9 officers will direct a K-9 to a specific area of a suspect's body until they are compliant. If not, force will continue until the suspect complies. Captain Barker also explained Macaluso tried to choke the K-9 but it's not clear on this video when that takes place. 

According to the New York State Department of Corrections 'inmate look up', Macaluso served one manslaughter conviction in 1987 and was currently serving a 2000 charge for criminal possession of stolen property. According to Captain Barker, that is why patrolling officers initially approached Macaluso.


Karen Tararache

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