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Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
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While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

Concrete barriers block access to Albany’s Capitol Hill via State Street.
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State capitols across the region are beefing up security amid heightened safety concerns following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Protesters line up at Albany Police Department's South Station May 30, 2020
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The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will begin working on its draft report after its public comment period ended Monday night.

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In April, the early days of the pandemic, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a 15-page report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report called upon city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department. A month later, there were nationwide protests over similar issues following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

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An outside auditor has released its final report on racial bias in the Albany Police Department.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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Under a new program, the Albany Police Department will host regular discussions on police-community relations with city residents.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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An Albany police officer caught on camera making racially charged statements will be terminated.

Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis
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2020 has been a remarkable year, but 2021 promises to be a consequential year for Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis, too. Ellis spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about racism, policing, the pandemic and politics.

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A preliminary audit on racial bias in the Albany Police Department finds differences in the outcome of arrests based on a person’s skin color are fueling community concerns.

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A preliminary audit on racial bias in the Albany Police Department has been released. It finds differences in the outcome of arrests based on a person’s skin color further fuels community concerns. 

Albany Common Council Meets Virtually Monday, October 19, 2020.
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As the tally of shootings continues to climb in Albany, elected officials area calling for action.

Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon says Capitaol Region people who commit gun crimes couold face federal charges.
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Acting U.S. Attorney Toni Bacon of New York’s Northern District joined with Capital Region law enforcement leaders Thursday to declare a united front against gun violence.

The collaborative is expected to present its recommendations to the Albany Common Council early next year.
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The City of Albany held another Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative meeting this week.

Albany Police are investigating a Clinton Street shooting that injured two people Sunday, including a 7-year-old boy.
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Albany's mayor and police chief are urging community cooperation after two more people, including a 7-year-old, were shot Sunday.

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The city of Albany has selected a firm to conduct a racial bias audit of the Albany Police Department.

The City of Albany held its first meeting last night under the Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, in accordance with a state directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo to “reimagine” police departments.

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Albany Police are now investigating two of three shootings on Monday as homicides. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Hours after yet another shooting Wednesday morning on Hudson Avenue, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins briefed reporters on efforts to halt spiking gun violence in the city.

10th ward Councilor Owusu Awane and City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs on Albany's Hudson Ave.
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A July 4th party on Albany's Hudson Avenue has been identified as ground zero for a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials gathered on the street Monday afternoon to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Mayor Kathy Sheehan at police HQ.
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After two more gun homicides in the past 24 hours, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins called another press conference this afternoon. WAMC's Dave Lucas was at police headquarters for the update.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets
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During a streak of gun violence Wednesday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan asked State Police and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office to step up patrols in the city.

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Officials say there is zero tolerance for gun violence in the city of Albany, where shootings have continued almost daily.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins fields reporters' questions at police HQ.
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Albany’s mayor, police chief and common council members representing wards impacted by the violence held a press conference Friday at police headquarters to urge an end to a rash of shootings.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins at a Facebook Live ACCPAC presentation.
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The death of George Floyd and the national outcry it spawned has municipal police departments and elected officials scrambling to institute changes some say are long overdue.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
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Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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At the start of every summer the number of shooting incidents in the city of Albany goes up. But the numbers and types of incidents this year are troubling law enforcement officials.

Albany City Hall, June 4, 4pm
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As Albany city hall was sending out a news release about the mayor and police chief hosting weekly conversations with residents, protesters swarmed a Common Council press conference this afternoon just steps from the mayor’s office.

At the intersection of Cardinal and Hackett Boulevard, marchers took a knee.
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With police-community relations already at a low point in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief are dropping charges against a man who was arrested after filming another arrest Tuesday. An internal investigation is under way.

Several people who clashed with police Tuesday morning early this morning were arrested after confrontation on Quail and West streets. Police say they were hurling rocks and bricks at police officers. The clash occurred shortly after midnight and followed a standoff around the city's public safety building on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

All of this came after a peaceful show of civil disobedience in the streets of Albany throughout the day on Monday. Albany police chief Eric Hawkins met yesterday with protesters and told them he takes reports of police brutality very seriously. We are joined by the Chief of Police for the city of Albany Eric Hawkins.

Dr. Alice Green says community policing has failed.
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An Albany civil rights leader says the peaceful protest of Saturday afternoon and the violence of Saturday night come from fears among African Americans that a loved one could be killed by law enforcement.

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