Eight Troy police officers were injured while attempting to break up a large fight at a Fourth Street nightclub early Saturday.
Police responded to Kokopelli’s Night Club around 2:45 a.m. for a report of an assault in progress, according to a news release. When they arrived, they ran into a crowd at the door that was moving out onto the street. Several people in the crowd were arguing and fighting, and officers at the scene immediately requested assistance.
When officers entered the club, they met “heavy physical resistance” and were exposed to a crowd of as many as 250 people. As they searched for and tried to help the reported assault victim, officers were kicked, punched, pepper-sprayed and sprayed with a fire extinguisher. Still, they were able to remove the victim, a 23-year-old bar employee, who had sustained facial lacerations and bruises.
Officer also deployed outside the club, where the crowd of fighting people had moved. Police said someone threw a garbage can, hitting an officer and breaking out the back window of a patrol car. Bottles and other objects were also thrown at officers, striking two in the head, according to police.
Assistance was requested from state police and the Green Island, Watervliet, Menands, Colonie and Cohoes police departments.
Of the eight Troy officers injured, six were treated at Samaritan Hospital and released.
Six people were arrested:
• Quaivon Venson, 22, of 4 Adare Road, was charged with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
• Tony Carter, 39, of 330 Second St., was charged with second-degree harassment
• Zainob Shaibu, 23, of Queens, was charged with second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
• Michael Haight, 23, of 6 Excelsior Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct
• Rashad Thomas, 22, of 363 Ninth St., was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
• Roshawon Donley, 25, of Griswold Heights Building 5, Apt. 9, was charged with second-degree harassment, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest
Each was arraigned Saturday morning in City Court.