EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – An off-duty Troy police officer is facing a harassment violation after an alleged altercation on a local Little League field.
North Greenbush Police say the alleged incident happened Saturday at a Twin Town Little League field when off-duty Officer Dominick Comitale allegedly elbowed another man in the face.
Police say they got a call late Saturday afternoon over a scuffle between four to five people at the field.
When they arrived, the victim told officers Comitale had elbowed him in the face, causing a split lip.
Police aren’t saying what the fight was about, but that Comitale was not injured.
He was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation punishable by a small fine.
The Little League Association was very upset. In a statement, the Twin Towns League spokesperson would not name Comitale, but said in part that, “the person responsible for this altercation will not be allowed on our property moving forward.”
The alleged incident pales in comparison to others involving Comitale which have cost Troy taxpayers nearly $200,000 in settlements.
“This guy is a real problem. He’s attacked innocent people and had lied about it under oath. We’ve been able to show that,” Attorney Lee Kindlon said.
Kindlon says he worked on and won three settlement cases, where victims claimed Comitale used excessive force and broke the department’s code of conduct.
He says he’s surprised that he’s on the force.
Kindlon suspects that if Comitale was allowed to remain on the force after costing the city plenty of money, the alleged off-duty incident on the Little League field will result in little more than a slap on the wrist.
Troy Police say Comitale is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Comitale was already on paid sick leave for months, due to an on-duty injury.