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Ivy Rally Friday At Albany Police HQ

Dave Lucas
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox address reporters Wednesday afternoon after D.A. David Soares announced that a grand jury decided three city police officers will not face charges in connection to the death of Dontay Ivy.

The community is reacting to a grand jury's decision not to indict Albany police officers who confronted Donald "Dontay" Ivy on the night he died. 

Albany County D.A. David Soares announced Wednesday that police will face no charges in the case involving Ivy, the 39-year old African American man who died in April after officers stopped him on an Arbor Hill street, eventually subduing him with a stun gun.

“…my intention, moving forward, is to take this issue on as aggressively as I possibly can. And I will be calling to task my other partners in law enforcement, faith-based organizations and other leaders who I believe also have a responsibility to contribute to the betterment of young people of color in the city of Albany."

Citizens are planning to rally 5:45 Friday evening outside Albany Police Department headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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