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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy; Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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In response to unrest generated in Washington, Albany County has launched a webpage designed to assist local undocumented immigrants.

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Cutting edge investigative and crimefighting technology is cleared for landing in the Albany Police Department's tactical toolbox.

ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.
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Unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have become familiar sights on downtown Albany streets. Not for long, say city officials.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy shares a laugh with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins as Councilor Owusu Anane checks his cycling time outside the Down Tube Bike Shop.
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Albany's annual bike ride to work was a wet one this morning.

What has become an annual spring tradition went on despite the rain...

Chief Eric Hawkins listened as he faced a parade of neighbors and activists. Some applauded his efforts, others demanded more accountability.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins got an earful Monday night during a meeting with about 50 area neighbors at the Arbor Hill Community Center. It was the first of three meetings organizers hope will provide the community with a platform for systemic change. 

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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.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses a crowd during the swearing-in of 19 police recruits at City Hall.
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After learning about an incident that led to an assault charge against a city police officer through bystander video, Albany’s police chief says department policies on body cameras and having officers self-report incidents of force do not need to be changed. Officer Luke Deer has been charged with assault and two other officers have been suspended for their actions while responding to a noise complaint at a home on First Street on March 16. In all about a dozen officers responded. Chief Eric Hawkins tells WAMC Friday afternoon someone should have reported what happened through the chain of command.

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The day after an Albany Police officer was arrested and two others were suspended, body cam video of the police encounter with First Street residents on March 16th was released. It’s the latest problematic headline for the city’s new police chief.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaks with reporters Tuesday.
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An Albany police officer has been charged with physical assault for his actions while responding to a house party on First Street in March.

Senator Chuck Schumer, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy looking at seized opiates in the County Courthouse.
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Albany today at the Albany County Courthouse,  pushing legislation known as POWER, or the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources Act.

 Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, and National Grid officials update reporters regarding an  underground transformer fire.
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A pair of explosions in downtown Albany early this morning blew off manhole covers, shattered windows and rattled residents near the intersection of Henry Johnson Boulevard and State Street.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan gave her State of the City Address Monday night before the Common Council. 

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares says his office will not prosecute a city man who was partially paralyzed when he was shot by an Albany police detective in August. But city activists aren’t celebrating.

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A petition campaign is under way in Albany County demanding the district attorney drop all criminal charges against Ellazar Williams. Williams is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by an Albany police detective during a foot chase August 20th. An internal police investigation and an Albany County Grand Jury cleared the detective. 

Back in September, the Albany Police Department cleared Detective James Olsen of any wrongdoing in the August 20th shooting that left 19-year-old Ellazar Williams paralyzed from the waist down.  Last Friday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares released a report indicating an Albany County Grand Jury did the same. Now, a lawsuit has been filed and activists are meeting in the city...

Chief Eric Hawkins with Vox Pop host Ray Graf.
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New Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins took calls on WAMC’s Vox Pop program Tuesday to discuss law enforcement. While he was on the air, there was a new development in one high-profile case involving the department.

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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins joins Vox Pop today to discuss law enforcement. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses a crowd during the swearing-in of 19 police recruits at City Hall.
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Nineteen new police recruits were sworn in Thursday at Albany city hall. It’s an interesting time in the city, with a new police chief and continued stress between the police union and the mayor. Things may be improving.

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Nineteen new Albany police recruits received their badges during a swearing-in ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

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In July, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins was her pick to become the new Police Chief in Albany. In the days that followed, Hawkins met with members of the media and the community, saw his appointment confirmed by the Common Council, moved into the city and began work. This week, Hawkins sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas. Here are both segments of their two-part interview.

 An artist's rendering of where a detective's bullet struck 19-year old Ellazar Williams.
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An update to a story we’ve been following for the past few weeks now: Last Thursday, an Albany police investigation concluded the August 20th police shooting of a 19-year-old city man was “justified.” Tuesday, the Center For Law And Justice called a press conference to criticize that probe.

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The Rotunda at City Hall was the setting for Friday’s swearing-in of Albany's new police chief, Eric Hawkins.

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Albany police gave an update at headquarters Thursday on the shooting of a 19-year-old city man by police last month.