When will the #FireTroy Police Department be fired?

Posted by The Washington Post on September 16, 2018 02:16:59Troy, New York – Troy Police Chief Mike Riggs said Friday he is “absolutely” willing to resign, after being placed on administrative leave for the past six months due to his role in a fatal shooting.

Riggs, a former NYPD officer, was appointed chief in July after four officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015.

His resignation comes amid a string of recent police shootings and the resignation of a city official in the aftermath of that fatal shooting last month of a mentally ill man who was holding a BB gun in his hand.

Riggins said the city is “very upset” that he was placed on leave without explanation.

He said he was aware of the “unprecedented” situation surrounding the police chief’s employment.

“I’ve been on the force for 22 years, and I’m still employed by a local police department, so I have been around for a long time,” Riggs told reporters at his office in Troy.

Riggens statement comes as several other prominent police officers have been put on leave over the past year.

Police Chief Anthony Batts was put on administrative and paid leave this month for two years after he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice related to the shooting death of Walter Scott in February.

The chief was placed in protective custody for a year while an internal affairs investigation is underway.

In another case, Chief of Detectives Kevin Condon was placed under protective custody and has been on administrative pay since the shooting of Philando Castile, an 18-year-old black man who died during a traffic stop.

Condon was cleared by an internal investigation, and a grand jury has declined to indict him.

In addition, Condon’s police department said that the department would hold a training conference this week to address officer-involved shootings.

Last week, the head of the city’s public defenders office, Patricia Smith, said she was not surprised by the chief’s resignation.

She said she felt it was a very difficult situation to be in.

“As we’re dealing with the fact that he’s the head, I guess I have to go along with that,” Smith said.