TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The family of the Watervliet man killed after he allegedly pinned an officer with his car in Troy are now calling for an outside investigation of the incident.
On Sunday, Troy Police Sgt. Randy French attempted to pull over Edson Thevenin, but police say Thevenin tried to evade arrest, pinning Sgt French between his car and a patrol car. Sgt. French shot and killed Thevenin during the incident. Police say the shooting was justified, but no video of the incident has surfaced.
Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello joined police for a ride along the night before the deadly incident and says she was shocked to find there were no dash cameras. She is now calling for dash and body cameras for the police department.
“It’s not one sided. What I’m hearing, neighborhood folks want it. Our constituents want it in. The City of Troy and the police department wants it. Everyone wants to put aside any of those potential theories or questions that arise when you don’t have that camera or that video.”
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says he has been trying to get the cameras for some time but his proposal was not able to move forward due to funding issues. He says he is putting the issue on the “front burner”, and is planning a public safety meeting sometime within the next few weeks.
The family of Edson Thevenin is now calling for an outside investigation. A family representative says they’ve contacted the Attorney General’s office. However, Chief Tedesco says the incident does not fall under Governor Cuomo’s executive order for an outside investigation because police say Thevenin used his vehicle as a dangerous weapon.