In the aftermath of a weekend bar brawl in Troy, African-American ministers are calling for the immediate resignation of police chief John Tedesco. They hope if he steps down it would change what they say is a climate in the police department that sanctions unnecessary force against minorities.
However, a defiant Tedesco says he is not going anywhere and says nothing about the police response to the brawl was racist. In fact, he says his guys are not getting a fair shake from the community.
LISTEN: News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY's Read Shepherd speaks to Chief Tedesco
Pastor Willie Bacote of Missing Link Ministries, says he has no choice but to believe race has been a factor.
LISTEN: News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY's Read Shepherd interviews Pastor Willie Bacote
Troy police have faced several accusations of brutality in the past few years. The FBI is investigating two such incidents. Still, Tedesco says his cops are professionals and any use of force is reviewed thoroughly.