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Colonie police officer suspended after Lake George bar fight

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Albany/HV: Colonie police officer suspended after Lake George bar fight
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A Colonie Police officer finds himself in some hot water after a fight in Lake George last August. Our Karen Tararache has the details.

COLONIE, N.Y. -- Robert Willey has been suspended for 30 days without pay for his involvement in a bar fight in Lake George this past August.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department arrested Officer Robert Willey on misdemeanor assault charges.
They say Willey, along with three to four fellow officers, were celebrating an event at King Neptune's pub last summer when a fight broke out.

Colonie Police say it will let Warren County's criminal investigation play out first before they conduct an internal investigation.

Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider describes the brawl as a “kind of rugby scrum" where push turned to shove.

"Just imagine a very crowded bar on a Saturday night fueled by alcohol and something happened, somebody got pushed and the next thing you know there’s a pile of people on the floor and at the end of the day someone got injured, it's alleged that Officer Willey possibly punched somebody and that's what's going to have to be determined by Warren County,” said Chief Heider.

Heider adds that Officer Willey was in "very good standing" with the department prior to this event.

The current charges do not require immediate termination, so the police department says it'll wait and see where the Warren County investigation goes before they make any steps in that direction.

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