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Troy City Councilmen call for end to violence after RPI student assault

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Troy officials are calling for an end to violence after a string of crimes in the city. The latest incident involves an RPI student who was assaulted Wednesday night. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on this story and what some think should be done to fight the violence.

TROY, N.Y. -- "Getting into my car, I look around to make sure no one looks suspicious," said Judith Hansen, who works at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.

She occasionally walks around Burdett Avenue during her lunch break. But she takes precautions.

"I'm with other people at lunchtime," she said.

A smart move. On Wednesday, a 20-year-old RPI student was walking on Burdett when three men came up to her. The student says they asked her for her cell phone. When she ignored them, they hit her on the head and in the face with what she thinks was a gun. She was treated at Samaritan Hospital.

"Violence against other people, other people's properties is not acceptable in the City of Troy," said Mayor Lou Rosamilia.

Over the past few months, there have been a string of crimes in the city, including several burglaries and break-ins.

"We're doing as a police dept with the commissioner and myself. We're all supporting an effort to curtail this from going on anywhere in the city. I'm tired of it," said Rosamilia.

But City Councilman Dean Bodnar thinks the problem may be the tactics used in the police department.

"What we have to do is we have to take the handcuffs off the police. We have to be more aggressive with our tactics," said Bodnar.

He is proposing more police on the street. He also wants to bring back the street crimes unit, which has been considered controversial by many.

"There were certain reasons, and at the time, I agreed with them, on why the street crimes unit should have been disbanded. But we've seen what's happened since. Now we're paying the price for disbanding that unit.

Hansen agrees with a heavier police presence.

"I would like to see more foot patrol by the police," she said.

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