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Albany Residents To Rally Against Arrested Police Officer


Fallout continues in the city of Albany after police body camera video of a March police-civilian confrontation was released. With one officer arrested on felony assault charges, a rally is being planned for next weekend.

 Body cam video shows five-year Albany Police officer Luke Deer kicking in a front door without a warrant and beating a man with a nightstick. Outraged citizens who watched it plan to "March against Luke Deer" April 14th at the Empire State Plaza. Organizer Taylor Osheyack:

 "If I'm going to live here in Albany, I wanna feel safe and I want my friends and family to feel safe too. My hope is that the police and the people can come together in a democratic way and speak about how this makes the citizens feel."

 City Hall says the group should seek a permit through the State Office of General Services to hold the rally on state property.

 Police Chief Eric Hawkins tells WAMC that an internal review of the situation is ongoing.

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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