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Updated: 11/22/2013 6:23 pm

TROY, N.Y. – The Troy Police Chief was in an Internal Affairs Investigation hearing on Friday.

An investigation into Troy Police Chief John Tedesco is being held after Tedesco sent a letter to a complainant who accused the Chief of using excessive force during an arrest. The alleged incident took place in December 2012 in the central business district of Troy.

Shortly after leaving an Internal Affairs Investigation hearing on Friday, Tedesco held a press conference outside the Troy Police Station.  

"I welcome the Internal Affairs process, I have no doubt I will be exonerated," said Tedesco. "Certainly the message I want to put out to officers here is that no rank excludes anyone from the process, the process has to be transparent for all members."

Tedesco believes he did nothing wrong by sending a letter to the complainant in this case.

Tedesco says the claims against him are dangerous and insulting. He stated during the press conference that he believes the investigation is nothing more than an attempt by the Troy Police Benevolent Association (PBA) to seek a dismissal of an accusation against an officer of using excessive force. 

The president of the PBA told NEWS10 ABC that the investigation into the excessive force claim has not been complete, therefore it was wrong for the Chief to release the findings of the Internal Affairs. 

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