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Schenectady cop charged with taking car

Sunday, March 29, 2009
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— Schenectady Police Officer Kyle Hunter, an officer already under investigation for allegedly abusing extended sick leave, was arrested Friday night for allegedly taking the car of his girlfriend against her wishes and refusing to return it.

Police said Hunter’s girlfriend told them he took the vehicle against her wishes and when she asked for it to be returned “his response was an adamant, expletive laden refusal to return the vehicle.”

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday evening Hunter was located by police, arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was held overnight in a Schenectady police overnight detention cell.

Mayor Brian Stratton said Hunter has been suspended without pay for 30 days in accordance with the Schenectady Police Department’s misconduct policy. Stratton said Hunter has a history of disciplinary issues, including one incident in which he lost his service revolver, which was later found.

“This is another intolerable action by one of our officers,” Stratton said. “This is another one we don’t want on our force, so we’re going to be acting accordingly.”

The Schenectady Police Department said it will now conduct a disciplinary hearing and request that the hearing officer consider termination because of Hunter’s alleged misconduct. Department officials said Hunter has been a patrolman in Schenectady since he was hired Jan. 18, 2001.

"To have so many people do this all at once is very unfortunate,” Police Chief Mark Chaires said. “I feel bad for the residents and the other officers but the one thing I can say is it makes life simple for us in one regard, these people continue to identify themselves,” Chaires said.

“Basically, it shows us a lot of arrogance and shows us that no matter what you say to [them], no matter what the rules are, no matter what the environment is, at a time when you’ve got people talking about abolishing the department and the citizens are up in arms and their fellow officers are up in arms, these people continue to do stupid things. Basically these are people who are just begging to be fired.”

 
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March 29, 2009
7:59 a.m.

I think it's high time Chief Mark Chaires took some time out and held a Q&A session with the public.

March 29, 2009
8:48 a.m.
wmarincic says...

I think it high time that Stratton stop's going public with ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS. No other Mayor ANYWHERE does that. He is without doubt, the worst Mayor that Schenectady has seen.

March 29, 2009
9:41 a.m.
Watchdog says...

If my memory serves me correctly, there is still one more cop out there suspended for illegally obtaining perscription medication. What ever happened to her? Is she back on the payroll ? Rest assured that due to the deviant culture and influence of the union, this will continue to happen !

March 29, 2009
1:19 p.m.
socalbob says...

either these cops are brain dead or their superiors are.

March 29, 2009
3:02 p.m.
whatshisname says...

Most of the administration is made up of egg throwing drunks on a bus years ago. What hope is there?

March 29, 2009
3:13 p.m.
Watchdog says...

The Chief is right, "no matter what you do or tell them ,the unionized officers will continue to conduct themselves in a manner that brings disgrace upon the dept." That being said its time for the entire dept to go. I dont know what rock that Susan Savage crawled out from under, she has absolutly no clue what goes on down there. What you are hearing about is officers "getting caught" there is plenty more that is going unsanctioned by the incompetent administration.

March 29, 2009
5:44 p.m.
comment says...

This Police dept. is a joke. All of them are a bunch of cowboys. Every time something happens they always say, its just a few bad apples. Well there seems to be alot of bad apples. The union contract is a big part of the problem, its made it so that these guys are untouchable. Another problem is the alcohol abuse that goes on. There is no excuse for these guys to act the way they do. Unfortunatly, they think that the thin blue line is going to protect them. The one good thing is that as we can see from this matter; it did not, and the dept took the appropiate action to find this officer and arrest him. It would be interesting to see however, if the dept. wasn't under the microscope; would they have taken the same action. Probally not... The dept. needs to just start firing officers, and worry about the arbitration issues later. The first officer that should go....and I can't believe that he is still employed; is John Lewis. It blows my mind that he is still on the books. If hes not going, then the rest of the group surely don't think they are. To end, I once observed a former Schdy PD detective park his car in my yard (I was renting a two family at the time), and he would disappear in the downstairs apartment for 4 to 6 hours a night while he spent time with his extramarital relations. I did take action and called the PD, which resulted in nothing, and then brought it to the attention of a City council member, which also resulted in no-action. My regret is that I didn't call the media to observe this; and contact the detectives wife so that she could have caught him in the act. She would have appreciated the sounds that were coming from above.

March 29, 2009
9:33 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Action is being taken so give it a rest. If the Mayor had been doing his job for the last 6 years we would not have this problem. if the Mayor had not fired Boyle we would not have this problem, because it would have been handled years ago. It all comes down to the city boss and the city boss is Stratton. All of you people that have no idea what the average hard working officer goes through daily in Sch'dy with the crime and gangs and a city full of animals, plus being under a microscope, need to just shut up and let those that are running the department deal with their internal issues.
The blame here belongs to only one person and that is Stratton, you all want to crucify the entire Sch'dy Police Department and at the same time give the Buffoon Mayor who is ultimately in charge a free pass. As I have said before, "A fish stinks from it's head".

March 30, 2009
2:13 a.m.
shez4prez says...

Call in the national guard these guys are spoiled by the union and think that their job is a big joke. These guys need to be dissolved and turn to a county police force. End the union bring back order and the initaitive to protect and serve to schenectady

March 30, 2009
9:11 a.m.
wolfden says...

"WE DONT WE THEM IN OUR DEPARTMENT!' Does that mean it is just your department Mr. Stratton/Willima Bennet? How did this reporter get this story? Why was this not kept in the department, so the "so called chief" could investigate it? YOU WILL NEVER, EVER RUNN A DDEPARTMENT TELLING EVERY LITTLE THING ON THE OFFICERS. OR SHARING IT WITH THE PUBLIC. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU LET THE MEDIA KNOW "THERE IS NO INFORMATION BUT WE ARE LOOKING FURTHER INTO THE SITUATION. ITS OK THOUGH, BY THE TIME THE SUMMER TIME GETS HERE, YOU WILL NOT HAVE ALL THESE LITTLE PETTY STORIES, BECAUSE CRIME WILL BE SKY HIGH AND THESE SAME CITIZENS WILL BE CALLING FOR ASSISTANCE. SO WHAT IF HE TOOK HER CAR (NOT AGREEING WITH HIS BEHAVIOR), BUT DAMN WHEN CAN THE TOP HATS MAKE A SOUND INVESTIGATION INSTEAD OF MAKING STUPID COMMENTS. COME ON CHAIRES YOU ARE IN THIS POSITION FOR A REASON ACT LIKE IT. THE UNION HAS TO BE IN PLACE BECAUSE AS PEOPLE KNOW WHEN YOU DONT HAVE A UNION, MANAGEMENT HAS A WAY OF MAKING EVERYTHING PERSONAL. SO THANK GOODNESS FOR A UNION. HOW MANY UNION MEMBERS DO YOU KNOW WHO WOULD WANT TO GIVE UP THEIR MEMBERSHIPS??? SUMMER TIME WILL BE HERE SOON TRUST THINGS WILL CHANGE, SO HANG IN THERE SP OFFICERS. AND STAY SAFE!!!!

DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THE "COP BAR" LOCATED IN SCHENECTADY???

AND IF SO THEN WHY IS IT CALLED A COP BAR?

FYI HOW MANY PSYCH EVALS ARE THERE FOR THE OFFICERS WHILE THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE DEPARTMENT? BECAUSE MAYBE IT SHOULD BE AN ANNUAL EVAL. POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IS VERY REAL. STOP LETTING THE OFFICERS FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND WORK THE DEPARTMENT AS IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE OFFICERS WELL BEING. ITS AMAZING WHAT GOOD COMES FROM A GOOD, STRONG, AND HIGH MORALE ENVRIRONMENT. TOP HATS ACT LIKE YOU CARE ABOUT THE OFFICERS, BECASUE THEY GET ENOUGH COP BASHING JUST FROM THESE STORIES.

March 30, 2009
10:57 a.m.
lireecy says...

Clearly when the supervisors of these individuals have been in charge of investigating complaints, nothing was done. The media is essentially helping to force the issue to a resolve.

March 30, 2009
12:23 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Not only an up tick in crime but an up tick in FALSE ACCUSATIONS against the police to get out of a criminal charge. Shame on you Stratton for what you are doing to the 96.8% of the department that are caring and hard working.

March 30, 2009
1:36 p.m.
intheloop says...

there was a time years ago that the schenectady police dept was a premier, well respected dept.

wolfden has a point.. the brass need to stop airing out stories in the media and start handling the situations at hand.. and on the same point, the men and women do a great job everyday with no recognition.. start printing some of these stories.

we need to see reality.. officers are human and will make mistakes in their personal lives like everyone else.. should these be aired out in the media for everyone to know? and mistakes that happen involving work, should be kept quite until the full investigation is complete and the discipline is handed out..

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