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Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

The Albany Common Council meeting virtually, April 19, 2021.
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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

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.

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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.

Albany Police And Protestors Clash

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Protestors gathered outside the Albany Police South Station April 14, 2021.
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A protest in Albany Wednesday evening turned tense as Black Lives Matter protestors threw water bottles and yelled expletives at police officers and police appeared to spray some protestors.

Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY
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A COVID-19 vaccination site is opening at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Wednesday.

January 19 City of Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Meeting
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The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has presented its draft final report.

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.

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Community activists in Albany say a court needs to consider mitigating factors before a man accused of accidentally shooting his daughter appears before a judge this week.

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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. 

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

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Police in Albany are taking a cautious approach as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles return to the streets.

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Police in Albany are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday night on North Lake Avenue.

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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 speaks with reporters Tuesday.
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The Albany Police Department has moved to discipline officers over an incident on First Street in March 2019. Chief Eric Hawkins told WAMC Thursday the department has issued notices of discipline to eight officers. 

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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.

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

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The Albany Police Department has introduced its newest recruit: a 15-month-old black lab named “Maxie,” part of its new therapy dog program. 

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.

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Albany police are warning residents about a phone scam where the caller pretends to represent the Social Security Administration.

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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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An Albany city police officer has been placed on administrative leave following a fatal off-duty shooting in Utica.

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...

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

District Attorney P. David Soares today announced that an Albany County Grand Jury cleared Albany Police Officer Elston Mackey of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the death of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.
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An Albany County Grand Jury has cleared a city policeman for his part in a June fatal shooting by a police officer in Albany. A warning that audio contained in this report could be disturbing to some.

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