People demand answers after Lockport man dies in police custody

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It was standing room only at the City of Lockport’s Common Council meeting Wednesday night, where many in attendance demanded answers from officials following the death of a man while in police custody.

Family and friends of 39-year-old Troy Hodge went to the meeting wearing shirts and holding signs with the message “Justice for Troy.” 

According to Lockport Police, they received a call from Hodge’s family saying he was acting strange. When officers arrived on scene, they got into a physical altercation with Hodge, using a taser at one point during the fight. 

According to the attorney representing the four officers, Tom Burton, Hodge had a knife in his hands that officers wrestled with him to drop. Interim Lockport Police Chief Steven Preisch says that they’re still interviewing officers, but a knife was recovered at the scene.

Preisch said one of the officers involved was wearing a body camera at the time of the encounter, but because it fell off, only partial evidence could be recovered.

He told the crowd they’re also still waiting for the autopsy results with the cause of death, as well as a toxicology report – both could take weeks.

All four officers will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is over. At that time the Niagara County District Attorney’s office will decide whether to bring forth charges.

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