An Albany, NY police officer who shot and killed and undocumented immigrant four years ago is under investigation by both local authorities and the FBI after he was caught on video tasering a kneeling and surrendering African-American teenage boy following a high-speed chase.
Sgt. Vince P. Igoe, according to authorities, joined in a pursuit in progress after officers spotted 16-year-old Kelijah Fink driving erratically with his headlights off. Fink struck several stop signs and a fence in his attempts to outrun police, but they eventually caught up to him.
Igoe approached the car and fired his taser through a broken window, but missed. Fink exited the vehicle and knelt on the ground with his hands behind his head. Police video captured footage of Fink again firing his taser at the surrendering teenager, this time connecting.
Igoe has been suspended without pay, and termination proceedings have been initiated by the Sheriff. Igoe’s attorney, who has not seen the tape, disagrees with the decision, saying that the suspension “was the result of an inadequate investigation and complete lack of objective evidence. Apparently, the Sheriff’s office chose to ignore the fundamentals of conducting a fair, complete and objective investigation before taking action against the sergeant.”
Igoe has a questionable history regarding his conduct. In 2010, Igoe shot and killed Mexican immigrant Marcus DeJesus Alvarez on a deserted road. He claimed Alvarez threw a piece of concrete at him, and was eventually cleared to return to work after months of psychological counseling. There was no footage of the shooting because Igoe neglected to activate his car’s emergency lights.
Fink faces a misdemeanor count of fleeing a police officer, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, unsafe lane change, and reckless driving. He was released on $2,000 bond.