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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins

Café Hollywood on Lark Street
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan declared a State of Emergency Friday in order to shutter a city bar police say is linked to a recent spike in violence.

Mildred Elley

The Albany Police Department and Mildred Elley are launching the second annual HERO Scholarship.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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A week ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of “disaster emergency” over gun violence across New York — and announced $138 million in new spending to try to stop the surge in shootings. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has reaction from Albany city officials.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins was a guest speaker during a virtual meeting of the Albany NAACP last week, days after pulling himself out of the running for a job in Ohio.

New York Attorney General Tish James speaking in Albany June 24, 2021.
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New York Attorney General Tish James has announced the indictment of 47 people for their roles in two drug and firearm distribution networks in the Capital Region.

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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Up for the top position in Akron, Ohio, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins has decided to stay in Albany.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins gives double thumbs-up to Bike To Work Day as the city's new Master Plan is announced.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins is one of four finalists looking to become Akron, Ohio's next police chief. He participated Thursday evening in a virtual forum with residents and officials there.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins is a finalist for the position of police chief of Akron, Ohio, according to a published report.

Orange ribbons handed out in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day
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The city of Albany recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day today.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets
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Halfway through 2021, the city of Albany has recorded nine shooting deaths, including some in broad daylight — leading officials to plead repeatedly for an end to gun violence. New York State Police and county sheriff’s deputies have been deployed to assist city officers on fears of a bloody summer.

The mini mart at the corner of 1st and Quail Streets where a shooting took place Friday
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Seven people were shot and two were killed in a pair of unrelated shootings within a mile of each other Friday afternoon in Albany, according to police.

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A local law banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets in the city of Albany is off for now.

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Activists, organizers and community leaders recently came together for what they called "an emergency community conversation" about the actions of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins, and the command staff of the South Station.

Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.
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Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.

The entrance to South Station, Monday April 19, 2021.
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators have settled in outside the Albany Police Department’s South Station, where last Wednesday officers and protesters clashed.

Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.
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The Albany Common Council is expected to vote tonight on the use of tear gas by city police. It comes amid days of protest in the city.

Albany Protest 4-17
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address reporters at South Station as Chief Eric Hawkins looks on.
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City officials held a press conference Friday afternoon to give a clearer picture of events that unfurled during a protest in Albany Wednesday evening that turned tense when Black Lives Matter protestors threw water bottles and yelled expletives at police officers and police appeared to spray some protestors.

ayor Kathy Sheehan joined Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Councilmembers Richa
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed legislation Wednesday banning ATVs and dirt bikes from city streets and parks.

A memorial stands along Albany's Central Avenue honoring murder victim Shanita Thomas.
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The crime rate in Albany is down, but high-profile gun violence — and public awareness of it — is off the charts.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Monday evening.

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.

Albany Police Headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard
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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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