Saturday, November 15, 2014

Troy Council to vote on excessive force settlement


HOULE shortly after his 2012 arrest
The City Council will vote to settle for $60,000 a federal lawsuit brought by freelance photographer Brian Houle at next month’s meeting.
The ordinance, which the Council will first discuss at the Finance Committee meeting on Nov. 20, will satisfy claims that officer Kyle Jones and others used excessive force while arresting Houle on June 26, 2012 in front of his South Troy home.
Prior to the questionable arrest, Houle and Jones got into a dispute on Facebook over what constitutes a “hero.” Houle referred to himself as one as he described how he extinguished an automobile fire after an accident.
Jones disputed there was a fire, Houle took exception. Jones then called Houle and the two continued the debate on the phone – a conversation Houle recorded and distributed to the media. Jones didn’t outright threaten Houle but he came close.
He was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for allegedly blocking traffic during the early morning hours of June 26, 2012.  Those charges were dropped.  
Houle’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, named Jones and other officers as well as Chief John Tedesco, for failing to supervise or train his officers, and the city.
He initially asked for $3 million.
Internal Affairs investigated Houle’s claims against Jones and found the officer violated the department’s computer policy but did not use excessive force.
If the Council does not accept the mayor’s recommendation to settle, the case will proceed to trial.
Houle is represented by attorney Danielle Neroni.

43 comments:

  1. Why is this cop still on the job!

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    1. Because he's a good cop and was cleared by the FBI for any wrong doing. Houle is just a sad excuse for a human being and is looking for a quick pay day. Don't settle and show the rest of these tool bags like Houle that they can't go around trying to scam the system.

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    2. Only the good cops get in a sissy fight on FB before slapping the sh*t out of someone. He's a real hero!

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    3. Kyle Jones a good cop? He's only assaulted 3 people so far.
      Pretty good cop i'd say. smdh

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  2. Let me guess, we will be told that it's " cheaper to settle.."
    You know what's cheaper? Fire this moron along with the other bad apples.

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  3. What a day and have no fear, Mayor Lou on the Franco show says there's no financial problem and he's approved only balanced budgets. Lou won't comment if Dunne has been questioned by the feds. Lou and Dunne's IDA appointees won't play ball to siphon money to the "balanced budget". And the greedy, selfish TFD have bed bugs and they demand protection against Joseph's and Unity houses. The tough guy firemen may want to look who they're hugging at council meetings. talk about bed bugs! Sinking fast.

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    1. Where do you get off on calling the firemen greedy? They have 14 vacancies not filled in a timely manner by city hall. Who's fault is it? Why wouldn't the firemen work overtime offered to them. All of you firefighter haters just wish you took the exam and could be in there shoes. They do a good dam job, have to deal with some nasty stuff, and the citizens want to bash them for terrible political budgets and shortfalls. Get a life already!!!

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    2. Thank you Mrs Gordon. What do you have about 4 in the fire department and 4 in the police department?

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    3. I hear that they pad the crap out of their pay checks at retirement time, is that true?

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    4. 11:29 so do the rest of us, all of us want to get the most out of our retirement funds. Its the pot calling the kettle black, if that statement was reversed you'd be just as pissed. If they earn the money honestly then pay them the money, otherwise people need to shut their mouths.

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    5. Yes. OT is bid by seniority and those heading to retirement work together to game the system to pad their final salaries.

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  4. I can't believe this wacko finally stomped his feet, cried, lied and was able to squeeze some money out of the City. It's a shame.... I wonder if he will use any of it to pay his back child support.
    Sad the way the system works.

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    1. The resemblance to Rumplestiltskin "I'm a hero, I'm a hero!" is a perfect fit.

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  5. I thinks it's safe to say bob Doherty will not be getting a csea endorsement this year

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    1. Glick is working on getting him an SLA endorsement.

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  6. Doherty was seen at upsu offices looking for a union endorsement.

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  7. In Doherty most recent letter he closed by saying he's not a nice guy and I don't like him

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  8. When you're a democrat you know you have big problems when the liberal-arm of the democratic party Times Union writes a condemning Op. Ed. about you. Ouch

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  9. Hey Lou now that we all know that you can find talk radio 1300 why not prove George Rodgers wrong and go on that show during the week maybe with the morning host? We all know about your football past but there will be no softball at that interview. Man up Lou go back on and take some calls.

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  10. TFD greedy and selfish. Let's see you do the job tough guy.......I dare ya.
    I didn't think so,
    but thanks for playing.

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    1. Let city officials lay off employees around Christmas but as long as we get ours who cares. Yes, greedy and selfish. Whaaaaa.....we got bedbugs!

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    2. I accept , bring on the barbecue , frisbee and internet porn!

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    3. Please!!!!!! Ed Manny was a firemen. Enough said.

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    4. Do the bedbugs bite? Does it hurt?

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    5. ^^^LMAO, 4 people right here who kept failing the fd exam^^^
      I smell losers.....

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    6. I believe the general consensus of city residents is the firemen are lazy, greedy and selfish. When they snooze in the afternoons in the recliners with soap operas blaring and masterful meals being prepared in the galley, just how tough a job is it? Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!

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  11. This administration could settle another ten lawsuits and still not come close to costing the taxpayers what Tutunjian and his lackeys did.

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    1. Please be specific. Exactly how much was paid out in settlements during the Tutunjian administration?

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    2. And how much was paid out during Pattisons? Morons

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  12. A cop argues with a citizen on social media, makes a phone call to the person's private phone to end the discussion then stalks the person by driving around their home all night waiting for them to come out....Who does that ? No one sees anything wrong with just that alone ? Not to mention beating the 5 foot person's ass....( 3 cops no less ) Everyone better pray this shit never happens to them because when it's TPD vs. you, you lose.

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  13. the morning "host" is a booooob

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  14. So the city settles once again, mistake. It only makes the TPD look bad and it isn't right. This guy has been cleared of wrongdoing by the FBI and the loon gets awarded $60,000. #troycrazy

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  15. When the hell are the Republicans going to wake up and get rid of the jack ass Sheriff.

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    1. Everybody loves them some Noriega

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    2. Were is the Sheriff?

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  16. The union should pay the fine!

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  17. Enough about this. Back to Galumpfsky vs. Zaloooski. Fat Ass v Fat Ego.

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  18. Drop Lou's new gatekeeper. We hear all he does is look at match.com

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  19. Why don't some of you fd bashers grow a set and walk into your local firehouse and tell them how you feel about them instead of on this middle school rant?
    We'll sit down for coffee & talk it over.. Like men....

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  20. The mayor and council have decided to do nothing to stem the financial collapse of Troy. Form committees, look for revenue McCashen says Pete's coors light empties) and threaten layoffs while politically appointing one of Rod and Ken's unqualified friends to a full time position. I hope none of these mopes, including the mayor plan on running next year. One would ask, how have you made Troy a better place, low as low can go.

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    1. Let's not forget Ryans buddy they're going to hire at the golf course, full time, at $60.000

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    2. Thank you Harry and Mark just for your info you have been had so just go back to being Rats

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  21. Zalewski vs Galupski. Really? Kenny ZZZZZZZZ you need to relaxes and stop watching the Harvey Milk movie. Galumpsky is harmless. Next meeting bring a couple ham samitches and if Gary gets close to you throw them on the ground he will forget all about you.

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