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Charges dismissed for Schenectady man involved in controversial arrest

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 28, 2020 02:16 PM
Created: October 28, 2020 08:45 AM

A resolution has finally been reached in a case in the city of Schenectady. The controversial arrest of Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud had been caught on camera, and it caused protests in the community. 

The man's attorney, Derek Andrews, says he and his family can finally start to heal.

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Andrews is calling it a good day in the courtroom for his client, Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud.

He was facing charges of criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Schenectady police Patrolman Brian Pommer had spoken to Gaindarpersaud's neighbor back in July, who accused him of slashing his tires. That's where the criminal mischief charge stemmed from.

The neighbor claimed to have video, but the charge has been dropped.

"Based on the fact that there was insufficient evidence, in fact no credible evidence to support that particular charge," said Andrews.

The charge of resisting arrest, which the interaction between the two, has been seen in police body camera footage, will be dismissed in six months as long as Gaindarpersaud does not commit any crimes.

Andrews says his clients can finally start to move on after dealing with for months.

However, even though the charges are dismissed, community activists will still wait for documents that have yet to be released regarding this case.

Learn more about what those are by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.


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