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Troy man claims police are retaliating against him

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: September 04, 2020 10:38 AM
Created: September 03, 2020 08:00 PM

A man who says he was roughed up by Troy police while being detained now says he's being retaliated against.

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He's facing more charges and a push by his parole officer to send him to jail.

As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, Kenneth Zeoli was arrested on August 21 and charged with trespassing while he and others were at the police station asking for a complaint form.

Zeoli's parole officer is saying he should go to jail and go for the maximum amount of time. His attorney says an arrest that shouldn't have even happened the first place has spiraled out of control.

It all began with video showing the 25-year-old's interaction with Troy police on the morning of Friday, August 21.
Representing Zeoli pro-bono, Attorney Matthew Toporowski says his client and others were simply at the police station asking for a  complaint form after benches and chairs were removed from a city park.

He was ignored by a desk sergeant and was arrested instead.

Toporowski says police asked his client, a known activist in the community, to leave. When he didn't, they arrested him and charged him with trespassing.

Zeoli claims his shoulder was injured by officers while he was detained.

Later that night as protestors gathered to rally against the alleged use of force and unlawful arrest, protestors say a driver drove his vehicle toward their crowd.

One week later and a day after attorney Toporowski said he and his now client were intending to file a civil rights complaint, Toporowski says officers charged Zeoli with criminal mischief saying he damaged the car in question.

Zeoli went before a judge Thursday as the charges against him put him in violation of probation.

Zeoli was charged last year with felony forgery, a charge that would be lowered to a misdemeanor if probation is successfully completed.

Toporowski says his client is not the trouble making man police and his probation officer are making him out to be.

The supporters standing by his side Thursday agree.

Hear from them by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.


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