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Frankfort Police Chief allegedly assaults one of his own officers
FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Village of Frankfort Police Chief is now the subject of assault allegations from one of his own officers.
An altercation reportedly happened the night of Monday, February 22, 2010, between Conley and Officer Sam Ameduri.
Village of Frankfort Mayor Frank Morocco tells NEWSChannel 2 that he has heard rumors about the alleged incident, but that no formal complaints have been filed with either him or the Frankfort Village Board.
Meanwhile, Ameduri's attorney said his office is looking into the matter and will decide how to proceed once its investigation is complete.
This is not the first time Frankfort Village Police Chief Steven Conley has been involved in controversy.
Conley accused of interfering with County Coroner:
In December, Herkimer County Coroner Dan Enea said Frankfort Village Police Chief Steven Conley grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into a room to talk to him, and also interfered with his duties as coroner.
Enea said the incident happened the morning of Wednesday December 30, when he responded to a death of a female at an apartment above a bar on East Main Street in the Village of Frankfort. Enea said he asked the officer who was at the scene when he arrived which officer was in charge, so they could work together. Enea said that officer told him another officer that had left the scene was the one in charge.
Enea said that eventually, Chief Conley came in and got involved.
"Chief Conley put his arm and hand on Dan's shoulder, grabbed him and pulled him into a room and said to him, 'you don't need to be talking to my officers like that, you're not going to be doing an autopsy, there was no foul play, you're not needed here.' Well, as the coroner, he's obligated to investigate this death," Enea's Attorney Mark Wolber said.
Wolber said he is trying to get the Herkimer County District Attorney's Office to file charges against Chief Conley, not only for grabbing Enea, but for interfering with his duties as coroner. Herkimer County District Attorney John Crandall said in January that he is looking into the death investigation procedures followed that morning.
As far as the grabbing incident, Crandall said he would need a sworn statement from Coroner Dan Enea in order to determine whether any criminal charges should be filed against the chief.
Witnesses say Conley restrained man while others assault him:
Conley was also part of an election night 2008 confrontation between Frankfort resident Harold Griffin and Frankfort Village Mayor Frank Moracco. Mayor Moracco filed assault charges against Griffin, who was acquitted of all charges during his subsequent trial.
During the trial, witnesses for the defense claimed that they had seen Police Chief Conley hold Griffin from behind, while others kicked and kneed him. Mark Wolber was also the attorney that represented Harold Griffin for that incident.
Chief confronts defendant in Stewart's:
There is also another incident that is still pending, involving a separate confrontation between Chief Conley and Harold Griffin at the Stewart's Convenience Store in the Village of Frankfort in May 2009. Griffin was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.
Police Chief Conley has not returned calls regarding any of the incidents from 2008 onward.