TROY, N.Y. – There are at least two additional internal investigations within the Troy Police Department only one day after an officer was suspended from his job.
Troy Police say there are two more internal investigations, one of which is over use of force. The second is in regards to an officer who allegedly took cell phone video of an incapacitated woman he had taken to the emergency room.
Troy Police say the alleged cell phone video incident occured six weeks ago.
It is alleged that officer Dominic Comitale used his cell phone to record an erratic woman, who was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms in the ER. Two Samaritan hospital nurses were also said to be in the room with the woman as Comitale was recording. One of the nurses was said to have felt the recording went against patient expectation of privacy and contacted one of her supervisors.
The president of the union, Troy PBA, claims Comitale made the video to protect himself from threats made by the patient he delivered to the emergency room.
"We are pleased that Troy Police began an active and prompt investigation into the matter. But again, we don't know what the outcome of that was. Or, if anything did in fact happen," said the hospital spokesperson via a statement.
Troy police say the other officer under investigation is Sean McMahon. He is accused of overuse of force on a subject who was being placed in the station's lockup.
Both McMahon and Comitale remain on the job, pending the outcome of the investigations.
On Monday, authorities confirmed that Troy Police Officer Michael Johnson is on leave without pay. The Hudson Police Chief confirmed that Johnson was the driver of a car in which his brother, the passenger, was allegedly carrying drugs.