Rensselaer County DA's Cell Phone Seized by State AG

Joel Abelove

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Multiple media reports Thursday morning say that Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been ordered to hand over his cell phone.  

WTEN is citing multiple sources who say Abelove was approached as he arrived for work Thursday.

Abelove has been under investigation for his handling of last year's shooting death of Edson Thevenin at the hands of a Troy police officer. 

The officer involved was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury only a week after the shooting.

A statement from the Abelove's office on Thursday afternoon says:

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that in furtherance of the New York State Attorney General’s Office review into the death of Edson Thevenin, he turned over his County cell phone to members of the Attorney General’s Office. 

The work of the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office has continued uninterrupted and will continue to do so. DA Abelove is at work and continues to run his office, serving the citizens of Rensselaer County.

Abelove said “I will continue to fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office and look forward to a quick resolution to this review.”

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