Utica Police Sergeant Suspended

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A Sergeant in the Utica Police Department has been suspended without pay after an incident last month in which the Sergeant got into a verbal argument with a robbery suspect and used pepper spray against the suspect.

A statement released by Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri outlined the incident and the city’s plans for its disposition. That statement is below.

Samuel Geddes was in a fatal officer involved shooting in 2005. In early July of that year, Geddes, then an officer, was called to a situation on Oneida Street in Utica. Over the course of events that night, Officer Geddes shot and killed Walter Washington, a 38 year old black man who was at the home of his girlfriend. The girlfriend had called police in an attempt to get Washington to leave. Investigation into the 2005 shooting concluded that Washington had what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at Geddes. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun.

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