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The owner of the bar at the center of a weekend brawl in Troy says he had everything under control before police arrived. Our Madeleine Rivera has the details.

TROY, N.Y. -- "If the police hadn't come, what do you think the situation would have been," asked our reporter, Madeleine Rivera.

Joe Glick, the co-owner of Kokopelli's, said he won't know what could have happened if police didn't come. However, he don't think there would have been these issues.

"We were told to show what happened and what the video shows," said Glick.

Glick said he called the police at 2:37 a.m. after he heard of someone smoking marijuana on the second floor. In response, he closed the bar, and told people to leave.

"People were waiting to get their coats," said Glick.

Police got to the bar around 2:48 a.m. According to Glick, he had the situation under control at that point.

Video from Kokopellis showed what happened once police arrived. Glick says things took a bad turn when a police officer approached a man standing by the wall.

"The officer put his nose against this man, and that's when it began," said Glick.

After the scene turned violent, five people were arrested and six officers were injured. One person was even shot with a fire extinguisher.

"Right now, we've got some strong physical evidence. We'll see what Mr. Glick has to say, and or offer, and weigh that against the evidence we have," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.

Glick says his business is hurt. He had to close early this week due to a lack of traffic. He has hired extra security after this incident. Meanwhile, police say it could be some time before they reach any conclusions about the riot.

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