Rensselaer County DA recuses himself from officer-involved shooting investigation

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has announced he is recusing himself from the investigation into the August 15 officer-involved shooting of Dahmeek McDonald.

Abelove said Wednesday he has determined a conflict of interest exists which necessitates his recusal from the investigation.

“While I am certain that my office has the ability to conduct a fair and impartial prosecution in this matter, the aforementioned conflict requires my office to seek recusal,” said DA Abelove in a statement Wednesday.

Abelove has requested the court appoint a Special District Attorney to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Dahmeek McDonald was shot and injured by an officer during a traffic stop in Troy on August 15.

No firearm has yet been discovered.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still ongoing.


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