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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins

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
Albany Police Department

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.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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