Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The FBI visits the TPD (UPDATED)


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An FBI agent was at the Troy Police Department to interview Chief John Tedesco at 9 a.m. this morning, according to multiple sources.

What transpired is unclear, but Tedesco did publically call on the FBI to investigate allegations of impropriety in his decision to release a letter to Frank Fogarty confirming the Cohoes resident’s allegations that Officer Kyle Jones used excessive force during a Dec. 23, 2012 arrest.

(Since posting this, multiple sources have told me Internal Affairs records were seized by the FBI.)

Tedesco hired attorney Brian Premo to represent him in any potential litigation against the city since he was stripped of nearly all his duties with the February appointment of Commissioner Anthony Magnetto. Premo was not present at Tedesco’s meeting with the FBI and would not comment on the specifics of any FBI activity.

“He (Tedesco) previously called for an investigation by an outside agency into the Police Department and Internal Affairs and it’s good news for the City of Troy,” Premo said. “Perhaps now the mayor will realize this is a serious public safety matter and more than a ‘distraction.’”
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Internal Affairs, headed up by Capt. Terry Buchanan, did conclude Jones used excessive force when arresting Fogarty for fighting on Broadway in Troy. As per protocol, according to Tedesco, he released the findings to Fogarty. Seven months later, the Police Benevolent Association filed an IA complaint against the chief for releasing the letter. The chief, and the letter, say the investigation was concluded while the PBA maintains Jones did not exhaust all of his appeal options.

As far as anyone knows, there has been no disciplinary action taken against Jones. Though, Tedesco said he told others in the department that the case should be handed to the District Attorney’s Office to pursue possible criminal charges.

If it were you or me we would likely be charged with assault. A police officer is really no different if they use excessive force. Actually, I would say the standard is higher since the complaint says the beating occurred after the arrest which means Fogarty was likely in handcuffs.

Also, according to the Times Union, Tedesco did meet with Buchanan and Deputy Chief Richard “Buddy” McAvoy on Monday. There is no indication of what transpired behind closed doors. I find it odd that two with less seniority can investigate one with more, but then again this is Troy.

Also, according to the TU, the FBI agent met with Buchanan and Capt. John Cooney as well as Tedesco. I may have gotten that information too, but The Record kept my Rolodex.

Meanwhile, Tedesco, through an eight-page letter by Premo (pictured left), called on the Troy City Council to hold a hearing on the matter. In the letter, Premo outlines his belief that the Police Benevolent Association, Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Commissioner Tony Magnetto, among others, basically conspired to get Tedesco to quit his job.

Premo’s letter really says basically what I’ve been saying since Tedesco was appointed by then Mayor Harry Tutunjian over Magnetto and now Deputy Chief Buddy McAvoy – that the PBA didn’t want Tedesco from the get go beca 
 
 
use it knew it would shake up the department, used its considerable political influence to get those who can do something about to do something about it and ultimately want control of the department back.

My guess is, though, when a lawyer wields the pen, with the ink comes the power to bring a lawsuit and that carries a bit more weight than a hack columnist.

As of now, the Council has not responded to Tedesco’s request and Rosamilia has called the chief’s actions a “distraction.”

 

 

48 comments:

  1. Records were seized and removed by the FBI. Officer Jones is now claiming he did not file the IA complaint against the chief, PBA prez Fitz did without his knowledge.
    Mister nice guy Mayor Lou better stop the game and get out in front of this one.

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    1. he who plays dirty will end up with dirt on his face....ancient proverb

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  2. He can't --it's distracting.

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  3. Resumes being accepted for Deputy Mayor, Planning Director and Fire Chief. Time to "lawyer up".

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  4. As dusk settled bill dunne was excited about a breast of new fallen snow. When what did his wondering eye should appear but a sleigh driven by none other than john wright. For he is coming to city floor in hopes of becoming the next commissioner. Lou Claus has already positioned Monica for the position she loves to do nothing and drink coffee. She just needs to be sure it's cooled down first. She will hire rabbits young fling as her second in command as everyone knows this maiden loves doughnuts. When the sleigh arrives it is greeted by ebonizer Pete and te elf of public information they march to the office of Lou claus when am pavlic Claus is baking a cake. She says she's a legislator on her spare time I have never heard of this pavlic. Zuul is perch on her broom closet exercising her new peepers as the lawyer of Christmas past comes to great sir john wright. He has avoided the chiefs letters for weeks and decides the charter allows him to appoint sir wright to the post lard Magnetto has held to pay for his sons wedding. Zuul peers they the door crack as they meet. She wants to be Commissoner of schools but the district won't hire her after her eye malfunction at the wine bar. For the elf of public information exposed at the wine bar after making double sided toys at the factory one night. A red nosed bill dunne also had an incident at the wine bar when he exposed himself on raw bar night to a rack of clams when vic of Christmas future asked him to leave. Elf Lynn had an issue a few years back at the vining art as did lord reeves of engineering and king Garrett who really calls the shot. All in a day the solar Santa rodney ha appointed a new clerk as elf Karla just couldn't get her act together. All in a day of the city of troy meanwhile back at the site of the old city hall mirch crawly harry buell Sheeran tedisco and mcashion what as te city crumbles under the watch of old Lou cringle

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    1. All this talk of the wine bar, and I think you have had one or two bottles too much yourself. Lay off the sauce bro you aren't making a lick of sense besides it sounding like drunken gibberish. I hear they have Christmas at AA or on Samaritan's 3rd floor.

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    2. Do I hear the elf of public information"

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    3. Nope, you have an regular Joe right here who see's these ramblings as childish and of absolutely no value. At the very least use grammar and spell check, they are your friends.

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  5. Wanda will drive commissioner wright. Public safety people

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  6. Magnetto has been saying nothing to worry about because his son is a FBI agent.

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  7. Never knew McGrath sparred with kenny z. Whats next he's becoming the assistant coach of kens hockey team?

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    1. Well he does need a job...

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  8. When out from the lawn there was such a clatter Johnny wright had crashed the sleigh. Sherifff crawly took the keys and Johnny banished from the Christmas patrol. He lived out his days in Christmas village lansingburgh and befriended Randall Kringle. Together they bashed the administration for all they were doing was saving troys youth. He become obsesses and Wanda moved to a new Christmas village soon later wright of way followed. Across the icy land of unsalted unplowed streets bobby cox roasting nuts by s fire built of wood he cut himself.

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  9. He invited Lou Claus and ebinizer Pete to enjoy some egg nog. When they left zuul swooped from the sky's and delivered them a message. Mrs pelvic Claus was in trouble. For tonight was a special vote for the legislature she claims to be on. I haven't heard of him have you She didn't know how to vote. She cupped boy Adam and the jewels of Christmas and closed his eyes and it came to him he needed to vote opposite Christ crist wanted. Meanwhile harry buell mirch crawley Sheehan macashion Vic and Liz young watch as troy is destroyed.

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  10. Chet demers troy nyDecember 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Mayor Lou is so proud and excited for Vito's Christmas in the park. What a true citizen first for making sure the cox family was denied to have a garage and secondly everything you do for lansingburgh in placement of the actual council man thank god for Vito hi hip horay

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    1. But who will do it for the kids?

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    2. Kenny z and the hockey team

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  11. Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing that felon Kevin McGrath will be gone from the city council on January 1. The irony is that Vito will still be at city hall, doing more for Lansingburgh than Kevin could have imagined doing.Kevin was the worst representative in the history of this city. How shameful that the people of the Burgh elected a convicted felon who went on to commit more crimes during voter fraud. He cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars

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    1. I always thought Vito was the councilman?

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    2. what is really ironic is that the repubes couldn't beat him. Can't deny that little fact, but you can choke on it a bit.

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    3. He was lucky Vito didn't want to run for the seat, and he knows it

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    4. Right, Gordon the two time loser had to wait until dems dug their own grave by taking out Kevin McGrath. Two time loser wins by default. Dems lose the seat. yeah that worked out great.

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    5. Vito didn't run for the seat because he knew he couldn't beat him. Don't think for a second there was any other reason.

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    6. Vito does more in his sleep for the burgh than big green machine has in his time as council. Did kevin get a tree for all to enjoy. No will he be there no did he do powers park no did he stop cox family for. Destroying burg no. All be did is bring apartments that lines his pockets and destroy all of burg with flooding.

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    7. He got his good friend a job in troy engineering as clerk

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    8. It is funny that Kevin is gone and Vito is still there laughing. When Lou and Pete won they promised Kevin Vito would be gone. Clem promised the same thing and he's gone too. Vito is the new energizer bunny, just keeps going and going...

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  12. Lets not forget his brother Judge Pat was a major player in the coverup.

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    1. Shhhhhh Can't insult St. Pat

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  13. Hopefully Gordon can bring another lb grocery to his district

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  14. How does any of this pertain to Troy Police? and you wonder why Troy is the laughing stock of the area!

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  15. The councilman in question has lots to do with police.

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  16. LB Grocery, Harlem Swagga, The Expresions Lingerie and Sex Toy Shop, The Gurley Ave Water Safari Fun Park, and the lovely Sunset Banquet House are all thing Kevin McGrath can stand proud of. Real, meaningful economic development, bringing hope and jobs to the Burgh.

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    1. Funny, but sadly true

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    2. What's Gordon going to do for the burgh? Babys R US?

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    3. Cool --I've got a baby on the way and it's kind of a pain in the ass driving to Albany during the holidays. Don't think there's any need to rezone for this type of business so ---cool!

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    4. Lb grocery adding a baby section and Canadian clothing section next week. Thanks jimmy

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  17. Harlem swagga. Jacks snak shack palace of cox lb grocery water safari troy expressions. All the doings of district 1 councilman. Congrats buddy

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  18. 4 all u haters president Rodney was the star at the boys club today. Pastor willy introduced him to a big alluase. mayur Lou is nice hes old tho Pastor said Rodney is r mayor.

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    1. 6:14 be spellin like Cox and Randall

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    2. Rodney prolly fire a certin someone. Watch out bigmot. Ur time is comin

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    3. Karla already knows she's a been let go

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  19. Was Willy allowed near the food pantry? Surprised he's even allowed into the club.

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    1. Did willie bring the kids to the tree lighting. Was kevin McGrath there?bet harry was. He loves the city. Where was Lou.

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    2. Harry was wearing POLKA DOT Undies from he early days as a cross dresser

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  20. Can't wait to see president Rodney with Willie at his side questioning police brass under council subpoena powers. Fitz and Ryan-Millington will no longer have their way. forget the FBI boys, no more running all over Limp Lou and Glad hand Pete. We are all lucky to have someone with moral drive like Rodney.

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  21. If the Millington secrets are exposed Markie will sing like a little birdie!

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    1. You're 16 you're beautiful and you're mine....

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