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Albany Tear Gas Ban On Hold

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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

Councilors backed away from a vote Monday night on Local Law C, agreeing it needs more discussion and unspecified "modifications."

9th Ward Common Councilor Judy Doesschate originally introduced the measure. A show of hands sealed its fate, for now.

"It's an exercise in futility if I put it up for a vote, and then there's a motion to table, which would be in order, and um, so, two-thirds, eight people who would vote that way, I'm not gonna take us through that exercise."

15th ward Councilor Tom Hoey:

"I know we got a lot of work to do. Very disappointed, but there's always tomorrow."

A controversial proposed amendment would allow police to use tear gas in a situation determined to be a riot.

With a veto looming, Mayor Kathy Sheehan said Friday she supports restricted use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The virtual meeting garnered more than 1,300 viewer comments on Facebook.

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