Widow of Andrew Kearse Who Died in Schenectady Police Custody Wants Police Prosecuted

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SCHENECTADY – More than three months after her husband died in police custody, Angelique Negroni-Kearse still wonders why it happened.

And she wants to know who the officers are involved in his case are and why they’re still on the street.

Andrew Kearse died after a May 11 foot chase with police. He was unarmed when he ran from police who said they tried to stop him for driving erratically. The circumstances of Kearse’s death remain the focus of a state investigation.

“I don’t mind about the investigations, they can do their thorough investigation for justice for my husband. What I’m mad about is the fact that I do not know who the officers are that did this to my husband,”Negroni-Kearse said in a phone call from her Bronx home.

“I am adamant about this. Why are they still on the job?”

It will be some time before Negroni-Kearse gets answers. The State Police probe and the Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecution Unit review of the case for possible criminal wrongdoing are not complete.

The review, which could take several months, might culminate in the AG’s office either bringing criminal charges against police or releasing a detailed report about Kearse’s death.

“We still have the case. It’s not closed,” said State Police Capt. Richard O’Brien, adding that an investigator from the agency’s Major Crimes unit is handling the matter.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford, who asked State Police to take over the probe, said that the preliminary determination from his own department’s internal probe are in. But the chief declined to say more, citing the ongoing state investigations.

Negroni-Kearse, who will not say if she plans to take legal action, is hopeful that the truth about her husband’s death will come to light. Negroni-Kearse, 40, said the cause of death on her husband’s death certificate says “pending.”

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