TROY, N.Y. – The owners of Kokopellis Club in Troy have served a Notice of Claim against the city in regards to the January 25 incident at the bar.
On Monday, owners Joe and Barry Glick served the Notice of Claim, detailing alleged illegal conduct by Troy Police Officers.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday January 25, Troy Police responded to a report of an injured bar employee on Fourth Street. Troy Police say they arrived to the bar to find a crowd of 200-250 people.
Troy Police officers entered the bar trying to find the assault victim but Troy Police Captain John Cooney said responding officers were "subject to kicking, punching, pepper spray and a fire extinguisher being completely emptied via the spraying of the powder content on the officers."
Authorities said a garbage can was thrown, resulting in an injured officer and a broken rear window of a Troy Police patrol unit. Two other officers were also injured as they were allegedly hit in the head with bottles.
However, partygoers and witnesses believe police used excessive force against 25-year-old Roshawon Donley. Donley was arrested and charged with Harassment, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Five others were arrested during the incident.
The Law Offices of Elmer Robert Keach III states that the Glicks do not believe the incident at their club was a riot, but instead an "example of racism and excessive force by Troy Police Officer who, without justification, pummeled several patrons of Kokopellis, all of whom are African-American."
The Notice of Claim states that since the early morning incident, Troy Police Officers have parked their marked vehicles outside of the business nearly every night. The owner's claim this has caused a loss of thousands of dollars in business due to "harassment perpetuated by the Troy Police Department."
Since the incident, the Troy community has met to focus on the brawl at Kokopellis.
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said a detective was assigned to the case last month.