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Albany Activists Remember 'Dontay'

 Dontay Ivy's death by police tasing helped prompt establishment of BLMUpstateNY
Video grab courtesy Tanja Rekhi ?TWCNews

Citizens protesting the death of Donald Ivy Friday evening in Albany called for the firing of police officers involved.

It was a peaceful gathering outside Albany Police Headquarters – officers closed city streets and redirected traffic so protestors could march and lie down on Henry Johnson Boulevard in a 13 minute tribute to Donald “Dontay” Ivy – that’s the time it took back on April 2nd for the  police encounter that resulted in Ivy’s death. The rally had been announced Wednesday shortly after a grand jury decision not to indict police was made public. Thursday the Ivy family went on local television stating videos showed officers beating and spitting on Ivy. Friday Albany Police released the videos, which showed no such incidents, and likely defused tensions prior to the street rally. 

Chief Brendan Cox says the officers will not be fired.  

A second rally is scheduled for Monday 6pm outside City Hall.

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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