He did go before Internal Affairs and said he was asked to answer three questions: “Did you release the letter,” “have you released such letters before” and “have you released such letters since.” The answers to all three were a simple “yes.”
But, he said, at the direction of Police Commissioner Anthony Magnetto, that’s as far as it went and is now over.
I suppose you could look at it two ways: IA determined Tedesco acted appropriately and therefore no further action is necessary; or calling Tedesco in for questioning by those with less rank was just a way to embarrass the chief and, with that objective accomplished, there is no need to proceed. If it’s the first, there should be a written determination and it should be public. If it’s the latter, then Tedesco and his attorney Brian Premo certainly have a gripe.
Just some quick background: FrankFogarty was arrested by Officer Kyle Jones for disorderly conduct in December of 2012. Fogarty claimed Jones used excessive force, an IA investigation found it a valid complaint and told Tedesco as much. Tedesco, in turn, released a letter outlining the IA findings to Jones. Here is where it gets kind of sticky. The Police Benevolent Association filed a complaint against Tedesco for releasing the letter too soon. But, there is a question whether Jones knew about the complaint or if it was filed on his behalf by the PBA. I don’t really understand the significance of that because the PBA represents Jones but the chief – and Premo (pictured right), who is expected to file another letter this week – thinks it’s a pretty big deal.
In other news involving the chaos that is the Troy Police Department hierarchy:
-The Times Union is reporting that the chief wants to retain his own lawyer in a civil suit brought by Brian Houle against the city, the TPD and Tedesco. Houle alleges Jones used excessive while placing him under arrest in 2012. That arrest followed an argument Jones and Houle got into on Facebook about, of all things, the definition of a hero. The Council will have to determine whether or not it will pay for a separate attorney for the chief.
-The chief said he still just wants to be chief. With Police Commissioner Anthony Magnetto heading back into retirement, Mayor Lou Rosamilia (pictured left) could opt to not appoint either a police or public safety commissioner and work with Tedesco towards the common objective of safety. Given the mudslinging back and forth, however, it will take a lot of work on both their parts. Not impossible, and it means most of the crap will likely go away, but it won’t be easy for either one of them to man up and meet somewhere in the middle.
-Tedesco, also on Talk1300, said he hopes the Council votes down the PBA contract that was recently ratified by union members.
-Magnetto is looking forward to doing some fishing. I’d say he wins.