MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man has been waiting nearly 11 months for the wheels of justice to turn after he was assaulted on Dec. 31, 2015. That long awaited movement happened on Wednesday when disorderly conduct charges were filed in the incident, but Todd Cochran wants to know why it took so long and who’s really protecting the citizens of Mount Vernon.
Cochran told the News after the incident took place, he went to the Mount Vernon Police Department to get a copy of the report. Initially the report wasn’t finished. On the second attempt, he was told the case was under review and no information would be released until a decision was made on the charges. The third time, after an extended wait, he received a redacted copy of the first few pages, but none of the information provided gave Cochran a clue as to who had struck him and caused damage to his vehicle. Cochran believed the case was closed.
Months later, after a Mount Vernon Fire Department report was finally correctly released to the News through multiple public records requests, the News had enough information to contact Cochran via mail wanting to discuss the incident. Cochran told the News his side of the story and said he couldn’t understand why no charges were ever filed or even how he would figure out who was responsible for his medical bills and damage to his car. Having confirmed the identity, the News told Cochran it was Assistant Public Defender Brandon Crunkilton.