A police officer who is facing multiple allegations of excessive use of force, and has been caught on camera twice exhibiting bad conduct, is finally turning in his badge.
Dominick Comitale, an embattled police officer in Troy, N.Y., has resigned, according to City of Troy spokesperson John Salka.
Comitale had recently been indicted over an alleged quarrel at a Little League field. He has cost Troy taxpayers $174,000 in settlement payouts over past allegations of excessive force.
A disciplinary hearing scheduled for Thursday was canceled following Comitale’s resignation on Wednesday.
“All I can say is, Wow! Thank God.” Comitale’s accuser, Jen Bush said.
Bush captured a road rage incident in North Greenbush involving Comitale. She claims he was driving erratically before blocking her in. When he realized she was recording him, he can be seen trying to grab her cellphone. She came forward with the video after hearing the news of the Little League incident.
The Little League official and his attorney have given the city notice that they intend to sue. Jen decided not to pursue legal action, but she did agree to testify against Comitale during the disciplinary hearing that was canceled after Comitale’s resignation.
Troy Police did not comment, other than to confirm the resignation. Comitale served 10 years on the force. Officials tell us he may still be entitled to some portion of his pension at age 55.
Comitale’s attorney issued the following statementL
“Officer Comitale tendered his resignation to the City of Troy effective yesterday. The decision to step down was a difficult one, that came after due deliberation with his wife and family. Unfortunately, because of the recent decision by the Office of the District Attorney to have him charged with a misdemeanor that lacks a factual basis under the law, Officer Comitale has lost faith in the justice system that he has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to uphold.”
Bill Roberts/Dominick Comitale’s Attorney