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.”