The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

TAINTED LOVE

...Or Chief Tedesco's police malpractice.

Our coverage of Domestigate continues.

Regardless of what happens in Domestigate, the Internal Affairs findings and, to a lesser extent, the criminal investigation are forever tainted.

Taint:


1. to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water.
2. to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
3. a defect or flaw: a taint on someone's reputation.
4. a trace of contamination or infection 
 
The past participle:  tainted. The gerund: tainting and our favorite: the preterite, I tainted, you tainted, we tainted. All of which can be fun in mixed company. In urban slang, the space between the anus and the genitalia. All these definitions are applicable to this matter.
 
We discussed the Internal Affairs investigation with numerous police professionals including two State Troopers, a sheriff's deputy, two Albany detectives and Larry, that security guy with the laminate down at Sam's Club.
 
Police investigations for dummies 101: The Troy Police Department should not investigate the Troy Police Department. There are a number of reasons for this, some obvious, some less so. Here, the Internal Affairs investigator reports directly to Chief Tedesco. We know that the investigator, we'll call him Joe C.,* is one of Tedesco's boys. We also know that retired detective Ron Fountain is also one of Tedesco's boys. We know that Detective Colaneri is decidedly not one of Tedesco's boys.
 
This structure makes it very difficult to trust the Internal Affairs findings and the actions that follow. Was someone allowed to retire before the suspensions start to fly? Is someone a scapegoat? Is Tedesco using the investigation to make life difficult for certain officers who are unconnected with the release of the tape? Will some people be let off light or over looked? Will we ask more questions?
 
The answers to each of those questions might be a resounding no! Yet, those questions will remain and the findings of the investigation...tainted.
 
This is not something that we pulled out of our hash pipe. Tedesco has placed the department in an untenable position by not outsourcing both the Internal Affairs investigation and the criminal investigation to the State Police, the FBI, Captain Frank Furillo or Larry, down at Sam's Club. Punishment will be too light or too heavy. The wrong people were targeted. Too many people targeted. Not enough. Frankly, this was a stupid, rookie move that can only be explained by a megalomaniac need to control the outcome of the investigation.
 
The same holds true for the criminal investigation, led by Officer Mason. It would not surprise us if others advised that the investigation be sent out. Obviously, those people were ignored.  This a serious case and the chief's handling of it demonstrates misfeasance at a very basic level..
 
We don't know what Colaneri did or did not do. We do know that there is no reason to trust the IA findings due to Tedesco's malpractice in failing to outsource the investigation, ensuring untainted results. The public has a right to know that the right people are punished and that the punishment is proportional to the offense. This will not be the case here. Questions and doubts will remain because an outside entity was not brought into the game. Mrs. Gordon is still being used as a political pawn.
 
 
 
 
* What should be investigated is the highly detailed leaks that came from the TPD during the course of the investigation.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

What?

Anonymous said...

Glad you pointed out the obvious. It wasn't the guy who had the most to gain (Madden - Wade). It wasn't some dirty cops, DA and ex cop. It was Tedesco, Joe C. and Det. Mason. Now I got it. Is this when I now seek psychiatric treatment?

Anonymous said...

What laws were broken. The only law mentioning 911 tapes just says they are exempt from FOIL requirements. Nobody foiled anything here.

Anonymous said...

You're an idiot with a third grade reading comprehension level. Where is that argued? Take your straw man argument somewhere else or criticize what was written. Why are you criticizing something that wasn't argued? You're right. You may need help. Try remedial reading or ESL.

Anonymous said...

Are you truly that stupid?

Anonymous said...

Are you also truly that stupid

Anonymous said...

Billy your a little angry. Too much free time.

Anonymous said...

The news releases on WTEN's web page this morning made me gag. TOTAL PHONEY BALONEY Damage control. Pathetic and delusional. Typical right wing nuts covering their asses. God save Troy.

Anonymous said...

8:59 if that's your response, I think we know who's stupid

Anonymous said...

Republicans vs Democrats. A Democrat operative used a similar tactic that the republicans used against him in the Sheriff election 4 years ago, and now the republicans are butt hurt. WHAAAH!!
A cooperation agreement has kept the lone involved officer protected until he was allowed to leave the department- no sanction! No punishment! The investigation was a smear campaign against those persons who have a set of church bells, and refuse to submit to Tedesco's bullying. All along, Tedesco and dirty joe fed McCashless private information so that he could be their trumpet- able to spin the narrative for Tedesco however he wanted.

CROOKED! CROOKED! CROOKED!

Anonymous said...

Tedesco, Tutunjian, Crist, and McCashion have used this as an opportunity to sling mud. Failure to supervise?? That's what Sergeant Colaneri was accused of? Well, you wouldn't know it from the press coverage. He was unfortunately made to appear involved because a subordinate STOLE a copy of the 911 tape.
Tedesco raced to the FBI when he wanted to appear like he was riding a white horse when Commissioner Magnetto was in charge (to investigate things that happened while Tedesco and Kaiser were in charge), but didn't want to involve the FBI this time?!?! Hmmm..... #TROYPOLITICS

Anonymous said...

Saw the new Republican chair on TV. Why does he look like a homeless vagrant? Take a shower, man

Anonymous said...

If the call was made on a dare in the middle of an argument like Mr. Gordon said it was, shouldn't they be pressing charges against his wife for making a false complaint? Is she going to reimburse the city of Troy for the cost of the police response? Can't have it both ways. Either she was frightened or she wasn't.

Anonymous said...

I still can't believe the Gordon's issue statements about this. Does he know what people think when they see him? We're just reminded about what he did. Keep it up Jimbo and it will never fade away.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Jim Gordon is as politically tone deaf as always. No wonder the voters reject him. Yo Jimbo, great way to remind everyone why they call you "spooky, keeping this story alive. Ever notice how women and children lock their doors when they see you coming? Not good, son.

Anonymous said...

Jim Gordon couldn't even beat Kevin McGrath in his own backyard. And that was back when everyone thought Jim was a choir boy. The GOP really thought he could win citywide? Come on now. Put down the crack pipe.

Anonymous said...

What a radio debut today for the Troy republican chairman Tom Casey. He bitch slapped Tom Wade and the group of misfit lawbreaking follower in the Democratic Party over the last 6 years. He is a true leader.

Anonymous said...

When someone shows you their true colors, believe them. A 911 call from a frightened spouse is about as true color as you get. Jim, might be time to think about something other than public service. How about you find Jesus like Sweeney and open a support group facility for immature husbands and fathers who can't take the stress of being an adult?

Lucy said...

There is another definition of taint not listed

Water plant operator said...

He's cute

Anonymous said...

Thank you drew p bawls and Lucy for your continued efforts to make troy better

Anonymous said...

I hope to meet Drew and Lucy one day

Charles d said...

Listen to me. I'm important

Anonymous said...

Tom Casey " when 10 to 15 individuals are arrested, indicted and some convicted and sent to jail over a 6 year period that's called a criminal enterprise run by Tom Wade". Troy's democratic party.

Anonymous said...

Please name the 15 indicted. Was Wade one of them? What has Wade done? Proof? Evidence?

Using Casey as a mouthpiece is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. Nice guy but about as articulate as Gary Busey. Sorry, almost as articulate as Busey.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Dude, no one listens to Franco except his Republican pals. Too bad Casey couldn't beat Kopka, even with Bissember as a spoiler.

Phana24JG said...

If 911 tapes are all public info, why didn't the TU simply ask for them, and if refused, pursue legal options? Why were all these dubious methods of acquiring the tape needed? Are victims of domestic violence/sex crimes treated differently from other callers? I have little knowledge of the legal specifics, but something does not make sense.

Liberals are now questioning the appearance of people? Have you looked at the retarded old man and the broad running for President?

Anonymous said...

Casey is a loser on many counts. Yah he was a fireman but so what. Both he and his second wife were employed by the city and the party at the same time for years, which is/was a violation of ethics and code. Now that he is retired from the fire force, he needs to be watched closely.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr Gordon, we all heard the tape and what your wife said with the baby wailing in the back ground. Anything you say at this point is pretty damn lame in your defense. Anything that your party buddies say at this point is also pretty damn lame. Better you all shut the F up and let it all blow over, before you dig a hole you can not get out of. Dumb f'in humps.

Anonymous said...

Casey couldn't win because voters thought Kopka and Bissmember were one in the same. Could be twins.

Anonymous said...

Jim Gordon is John Sweeney without the strippers and booze.

Anonymous said...

He obviously doesn't understand what indicted means. Maybe he can ask Martin Reid.

Anonymous said...

He's scarier looking than Jim Gordon.

Anonymous said...

Nice that Casey's found something to do after getting his ass kicked by the Dems last November. But my my... he's so bitter! His hindquarters must still be sore.

Anonymous said...

Man we really have to stop this stupid shit. City is broke, water and sewer pipes popping like balloons, insane taxes/water rates,and people leeching our tax dollars dry cause they're too lazy to work -- and here we sit and bitch and worry about robocalls, Forrest Gump Gordon, Tom Casey, Tom Wades integrity, and tin foil hat Cox. No fucking solutions though. Worry about the bullshit nice guy code enforcement, garbage, mattresses, filthy alleys, and there it sits. Shit didn't happen when Mirch and Crawley ran things.

Anonymous said...

9:12 Do you mean Sweeny's wife the stripper? Lady Gazonga?

Anonymous said...

Bear Night is on Friday Tom. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

They aren't obtainable through FOIL. However the police or the DA can decide to release them, as they did in the Albany bus case. No, domestic abuse calls aren't treated differently under the law.

Robert Cox said...

Meanwhile At The Ranch Pat Madden and Some of His Yuppie Elitists Blinded With Jubilance Went & Had a Marvelous Night in Concert To See James McMurtry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEJPqJtZsk

Anonymous said...

Campana
Galuski
MacInerney
Brown
Loporto
Renna
McDonough
Fat red headed guy
Next
Gary Gordon
Colonari
Hug
Fountain
.......

Anonymous said...

Democratus still protecting Kevin.

Anonymous said...

Democratus still protecting Kevin.

Robert Cox said...

I can See Harry and Bill Dunn Harry is a Sleek Dress with a Red Wig on And Them Two Slow Dancing in a Field Full of Daffodils on a Full Moon Night Laden with Perfume of the Lilac Flowers.
Pat Madden Pulls Up and Shines His High Beams on in his Eco Friendly Car and Becomes Sexually Aroused and Joins in the Moment
By The Way Quit Using My Jack Leg Quotes Asshole !~~!

Anonymous said...

Kevin Vandenburgh?

Phana24JG said...

Thanks 9.58, that makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Ask him what "cuckold" means

Anonymous said...

Thanks, 9:23 PM.

I was worried that nobody was paying attention.

Phana24JG said...

Bob, I assume that is a typo and you meant they went to see Jamie McMurray, driver of the 1 car. WTF is a James McMurtry?

Anonymous said...

How about Wade Mr FoilHat?

Anonymous said...

Tommy Casey is about as stable as Crispin Glover...and he looks like the love child of Glover and Nick Nolte.

Anonymous said...

So, what's the crime? Isn't tampering with evidence somehow altering it or destroying it?

Anonymous said...

The Fig has a glandular issue. He's not fat.

Ann marie said...

Hes adorable

Anonymous said...

Like the Geico caveman.