Family of Man Shot, Killed by Troy Police Speaks

Speaking to the media Friday, Edson Thevenin's family praised New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, following his decision to file a lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove's office.

On April 17, Troy police say Sergeant Randy French shot and killed Thevenin, after he tried to get away from police who had pulled him over on suspicion of DWI. Once police boxed him in, authorities say he used his car to pin one of the officers against his vehicle.

"They could have shot the tires or [done] something else, but why did you have to shoot him?" asked Edson Thevenin's mother, Gertha Depas.  

Less than a week later, a grand jury declined to indict Sergeant French in the shooting. Wednesday, the attorney general filed a lawsuit, alleging Abelove violated an executive order by rushing the case to a grand jury and not informing the AG's office. The lawsuit also states one of Schneiderman's assistants contacted Abelove at least three times, both orally and in writing, stating the attorney general had questions as to whether Thevenin was armed and dangerous at the time of his death.

"Raising two boys when he was the man of the house, now I have to raise them," said Thevenin's wife Cynthia. "I'm surrounded by family, but at the end of the day, he was always there."

Thevenin's family says he wasn't a violent person, and they're questioning the police, because there's no video evidence of the events leading up to his death. They say they feel he never pinned any officers with his vehicle, believing French likely panicked.

"Where the car was and where the two police cars were, we don't see how he was pinned ... there was a big distance," Depas said.

Thevenin's family members say they have reached out to the Troy Police Department and district attorney's office for answers, but have not heard back. 

"At the end of the day, this police officer killed a good person," Cynthia said.

Time Warner Cable News has reached out to the Troy PD, as well as the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office, for comment, but they said they are not commenting.

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