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Troy Councilors To Review Confidential Report On Thevenin Death

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy city councilors are expected to review reports regarding a fatal police shooting in 2016. 

An internal police department report claims Troy Sergeant Randall French acted improperly and lied about his actions that led to the death of Edson Thevenin after he fled a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to the city council, Democratic Troy Mayor Patrick Madden’s administration then commissioned a report that disputes those findings. Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello says councilors will review the documents during an executive session on Wednesday.

“We obviously being the representatives of the people, we need to know the information and the facts that are happening, and to, you know, to be kept in the dark is just unacceptable.”

Sergeant French has not been charged in the shooting.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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