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Utica Police Reform Advisory Committee members react to UPD officer's misconduct

Utica Police Reform Advisory Committee members reacted to the video of a Utica Police officer's misconduct.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 10:34 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - Members of the Utica Police Reform Advisory Committee reacted to the video of a police officer's misconduct.

"I was mad, I was angry, and to see that a person who was in handcuffs would be treated in such a way by an officer in our city was alarming," Delvin Moody, a committee member and Utica Common Council member said.

Moody says he was pleased with the way UPD and the city handled the situation, but it also shows that there is more work that needs to be done in the city.

"It’s a testament to the work that needs to be done but its also a sobering reflection on how far we’ve come as a city," Moody said.

Another committee member, Stephanie Heiland, says she agrees with Moody, and part of the problem is the training.

"What the Utica Police Department and the city of Utica did was the right move but I think it's eye opening, there's so many people that say there isn't a problem here or there is a problem here and seeing the footage says we really have something we need to work on here," Heiland said. "It's not that the policies and procedures aren't in place, it's that people are stepping outside their scope of training and doing things they're not even taught to do."

A co-chair of the committee, Reverend Dr. Mary Webster, says the committee believes in accountability and transparency and it's important to continue working on the relationships between the community and the police department.

“It’s important for all citizens to know that they are protected under the Utica Police Department, that any misconduct will be handled appropriately and this was handled appropriately and turned over to the supervisor and now it turned over to the district attorney’s office for further investigation," Webster said.

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