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South Station in Albany
Lucas Willard

With fencing in place around Albany police stations and protestors camped outside South Station for a sixth day, Mayor Kathy Sheehan would not say Thursday how long the demonstrators will be allowed to remain.

WAMC's Jackie Orchard interviewing Officer Devin Anderson on a Friday night ride-along.
Officer Steve Smith / APD

Following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody – Albany experienced a slew of protests and riots, New York repealed a law that restricted access to police disciplinary records and a statewide mandate to reimagine policing was instituted. To learn how these events have impacted policing in New York’s capital city, I rode along with an Albany Police lieutenant and spoke with a local Black rights activist.

Letitia James
Facebook: New York State Attorney General

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a preliminary report Wednesday on the investigation into NYPD interactions with Black Lives Matter protesters following the death of George Floyd.

Black At St. Rose Instagram Account
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Prompted by claims of racism on campus chronicled on an Instagram account called “Black At St. Rose,” interim president Marcia White is promising to hire a Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the private Albany college.

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Facebook: Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York

Seven Capital Region theatre troupes will come together Tuesday night in a collective response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

There were fewer incidences of looting around New York state on Tuesday night, after three nights that left many stores damaged and empty of merchandise.  Governor Andrew Cuomo credited better efforts by the police and walked back some critical comments he made Tuesday about the NYPD.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “outraged and disappointed” over the looting of several stores that took place last night in New York City, and he says the city’s mayor and the NYPD did not do their job.

CVS Boarded Up
Jesse King / WAMC

Over the weekend, thousands of protesters took to Albany’s streets to protest police brutality. While the larger demonstrations have been peaceful, a string of lootings Saturday night left dozens of city businesses boarding up their windows and picking up the pieces. WAMC’s Jesse King checked in with store owners on Central Avenue.

A protester sits in the middle of the road at the intersection of Livingston Ave and Henry Johnson Blvd.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Protesters were back on the streets Monday after the city cleaned up from Saturday’s dangerous protests, when city police and backup agencies used riot gear, dogs, gas and officers on horseback to disperse hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the department’s South Station.

A black man with a face mask on, a hat, and an NAACP sign kneels in a sun-dappled grassy park surrounded by other masked people
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County residents and public officials participated in the international weekend of protest against police brutality.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Joe Donahue: The city of Albany was like cities across the United States this weekend. Dozens of businesses worked yesterday to board up broken windows and clean up the inside of their destroyed storefronts. The city instituted curfew last night through early this morning to try to maintain order in the wake of protests and confrontations, which included fireworks being shot at police sources, a CDTA bus driver having to be rescued after being pinned in her bus, and an officer being injured after being hit with a brick. At a press conference yesterday morning Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said we are better than what happened Saturday night. The mayor joins us on The Roundtable this morning. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

At the peak of Saturday night’s violence in Albany, County Executive Dan McCoy, a former firefighter, took quick action when he learned on social media about a fire. 

Photos taken around Albany by WAMC Staff on the morning of Sunday, May 31. 

From left to right: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has declared a curfew for 7 p.m. Sunday, allowing only essential travel, in a move to prevent further unrest that led to destructive protests Saturday night.

A Block At A Time

A peaceful march for racial justice drew thousands to Albany Saturday afternoon. But by evening, demonstrations escalated elsewhere in the city.