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Manchester man says he was detained by city alderman

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The Channel 4 I-Team is investigating what some call an abuse of power by a Manchester city alderman.

Ryan Rigney said he was stopped outside a Dollar General store in Manchester last year.

“He had me blocked into a parking spot and he was actually detaining me,” Rigney said.

Rigney was in an off-road vehicle. He said Alderman Tim Kilgore pulled in behind him with yellow lights flashing on his vehicle.

“The gentleman got out of the vehicle, he had a gun on his side, and he was talking on the cell phone, not sure to who,” Rigney said. “But he got out and I asked him if I could help him. And he said, ‘Yeah, you can stay right here.’”

Police were apparently looking for some off-roaders who were doing doughnuts. Rigney said it wasn’t him.

As a former sheriff’s deputy, Rigney knew that Kilgore had no right to hold him.

“Absolutely not,” he said.

The I-Team first reported Thursday that Kilgore was being investigated for another incident where he seemed to be exercising police powers.

Kilgore’s Cadillac SUV was stolen from his Manchester funeral home. He admitted he used a police radio channel to instruct the officers how he wanted it handled.

“I merely told them on the radio, ‘If you need to take him out, take him out in whatever means is safe to do,’” Kilgore said.

Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied said the department did not issue the radio. He added Kilgore should not be using it to talk to officers.

“We do not authorize that. We would never authorize that,” Floied said.

Kilgore is chairman of the city’s public safety committee, but he has no police authority. His involvement in the chase has been turned over to the district attorney.

Last year, the district attorney investigated Rigney’s complaint about what happened at the Dollar General store.

“I feel like it’s an abuse of power,” Rigney said.

District Attorney Craig Northcutt confirmed he received two complaints about Kilgore appearing to impersonate a police officer. Northcutt said he met with Kilgore and warned him to stop.

Kilgore denied ever detaining any citizens.

Kilgore’s vehicle is allowed to have yellow and white lights on it for use during funeral processions.

Authorities said if he is detaining citizens, he could face charges of impersonating a police officer.

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