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Police Chief says change will come following Kokopellis incident

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Updated: 2/12 5:24 pm

TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police released more video of the Kokopellis Club incident on Tuesday, and they said once again that they believe officers acted appropriately.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said on Wednesday that Kokopellis is a catalyst for change, changes he plans to make. He said he is looking at the positive side of things when it comes to the incident at Kokopellis.

Tedesco said he believes officers acted appropriately following claims of excessive force, but that the circumstances and public outcry for change has opened a door for improvements.

"I think we need a heightened level of accountability within the department certainly from the command staff. Certainly we're going to look to revamp our community policing program. I think it's, you know we're working off a 1998 model and it's time for change," explained Tedesco.

The Police Chief has been questioned by Internal Affairs in the past and he has, in turn, asked for an FBI investigation into his department's Internal Affairs Department.

"I think the problem comes down to be the way we're examining our internal affairs cases," said Tedesco.

Tedesco did not elaborate on the problem, however he did say "Well, I'm not saying that they're not I'm just going to propose a change that will increase autonomy and I think therefore enhance the confidence the community has in our ability to do that."

City Council Member Rodney Wiltshire said it's a step in the right direction.

Coming up on NEWS10 ABC, Lindsay Nielson will have the mayor's response and more on what's expected at Wednesday night's public safety meeting at 6 p.m.

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