TROY, N.Y. -- As the indictment was unsealed inside the courtroom, a small group of protesters gathered outside, calling on District Attorney Joel Abelove to relinquish his role. Among them is the family of a man shot by police in Troy.
"We're pleased," said Alfonso Rodriguez, a member of the group Justice for Dahmeek McDonald. "We're happy that the indictment came down and the charges were held against DA Abelove."
The group is calling for Rensslaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove to resign after accusation from the New York Attorney General's Office that Abelove mishandled the fatal Troy police shooting of Edson Thevenin.
"It calls into question his ethics," Rodriguez said. "There are the codes of law that you have to sign on and follow. It calls into question all these things."
McDonald was shot twice by a Troy police officer during a traffic stop in August in an unrelated case. Following outrage from the community, Abelove recused himself from that case. It's now being handled by the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office.
Abelove has denied any wrongdoing. He also stated he would not resign, which didn't a surprise to the group seeking justice for Dahmeek.
"This is just the beginning," Rodriguez said. "I will expect to hear more from the community, more engagement, seeking justice for Dahmeek as well as Edson Thevenin."
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton also chimed in on the indictment, releasing a statement in which he said in part: "I cannot recall when a prosecutor has been indicted for withholding evidence on a police matter. This is a big step in the right direction and the Attorney General should be saluted for having the courage to protect citizens not only from bad cops, but bad prosecutors as well."