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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins

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.

Dorcey Applyrs
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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.

Three Killed In Albany, Troy Shootings

Aug 17, 2020
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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.

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.

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.

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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Acknowledging he was not on the scene, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins is applauding his department’s response to Saturday’s violent protests.

(Clockwise) Dannielle Hille, co-founder and President of A Block at a Time, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany County DA David Soares.

Top law enforcement officials in Albany County are discussing how policing and the criminal justice system will function in a post pandemic world.

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Protestors have taken to the streets in the Midwest after a Minneapolis black man named George Floyd was killed by police in an incident where an officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes as he lay on the ground, several times repeating "I can't breathe." In Albany, a march is planned for Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report calls upon four city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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When the coronavirus swept across the Northeast, every individual, business and govenment official had to make adjustments to their daily lives and schedules. The Albany Police Department is no exception.


The Albany Police Department is tweaking the operations of its Neighborhood Engagement Unit. Beat zones were combined and community policing was affected as the number of beat officers was reduced.  A "Team Policing" policy is emerging.


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is rolling out a new "Crime Suppression Initiative."

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city is filing a nusiance complaint against a West Hill business at 36 Judson Street.
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After a fourth shooting death this year outside a corner store in the city, Albany officials are taking steps to close the business.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and  Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Alice Green discussed issues dividing police and community.
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This week, the Albany police chief and the Center for Law and Justice held a forum to discuss community-police relations and trust.

Screenshots from video shared on social media.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says he has viewed a video being shared on social media that portrays a violent arrest of a woman around 9 p.m. Sunday on Grand Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Albany and alleges police brutality. Hawkins tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas body camera video tells  a different story.

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On September 7th Eric Hawkins marks his first year as Albany Police Chief. He looked back on that year with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Dr. Alice Green
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In mid-August, the Center for Law and Justice published a 41-page report, based on a survey of some 250 Albany residents, regarding public safety, law enforcement and community-police relations. As public officials begin responding to its findings, Center Executive Director Alice Green has resolved to make the survey a "living document." 

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Despite years of effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and residents of Albany, mistrust remains. That’s according to a new survey from the Center for Law and Justice.