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Albany officer suspended in fireworks’ probe

Hearst Communications Inc., Times Union,
BYLINE: Brendan J. Lyons
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Albany, NY

ALBANY — An Albany police officer was suspended Monday as department officials investigate allegations he took fireworks from a driver during a traffic stop.

The 43-year-old officer, Tindaro J. Fazio, is a 13-year veteran of the force. He’s alleged to have confiscated the fireworks about 10 days ago. Part of the internal investigation is examining whether Fazio declined to follow a sergeant’s orders that he place the fireworks in a police property room, where they would be logged as evidence, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.

It’s unclear if the officer documented the traffic stop or his seizure of the fireworks.

James Miller, a department spokesman, confirmed that an officer was suspended Monday and an internal investigation is under way. He declined additional comment.

Fazio is assigned to a patrol at the department’s Center Station on Western Avenue.

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