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Albany City Hall
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Local activists are faulting the Albany Common Council for tabling a bill that would ban tear gas and rubber bullets.

Alice Green and Corey Ellis on the steps of Albany City Hall, May 19, 2021
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the heels of a state-mandated police reform plan, elected officials and local activists introduced a new police oversight effort on the steps of Albany City Hall Wednesday.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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New polls are shining a light on two of the most pressing social issues of our time: COVID and race relations.

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.

A picture of Albany Police Headquarters
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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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A new Siena College poll out today tracks New Yorkers’ thoughts on racism during this summer of unrest.

Albany NY saw protests and civil unrest in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
WAMC photos by Jackie Orchard

A month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers are troubled by systemic racism and police behavior. But  they don’t support calls to defund the police.

A Toporowski lawn sign displayed outside an Albany residence.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Eleven days before the primary, Albany County district attorney candidate Matt Toporowski picked up two endorsements from two high-ranking area officials late Friday.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

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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.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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As the pandemic continues, local officials are doing their best to help residents through the "pause" in daily activities.

"Red X"  house along Albany's Delaware Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In mid-December, a national report heard on this station showed Albany has some of the biggest inequities among children living in different neighborhoods. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reactions from local officials.

Dr. Alice Green
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District attorneys and police chiefs across New York have voiced their opposition to new criminal justice reforms but a longtime Albany activist says "people should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty."

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and  Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Alice Green discussed issues dividing police and community.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This week, the Albany police chief and the Center for Law and Justice held a forum to discuss community-police relations and trust.

Dr. Alice Green
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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." 

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Prosperity Now

A new study by economic advocacy group Prosperity Now says millions of Americans live under a cloud of financial uncertainty , most of us one missed paycheck away from poverty.

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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.

Ellazar Williams
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A petition campaign is under way in Albany County demanding the district attorney drop all criminal charges against Ellazar Williams. Williams is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by an Albany police detective during a foot chase August 20th. An internal police investigation and an Albany County Grand Jury cleared the detective. 

Albany County DA David Soares
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A change is coming to the way marijuana possession cases are handled in Albany County.

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.

" Williams allegedly ran toward a detective while holding that knife and refused to drop it before he was shot. "
Albany Police Department

The Acting Albany Police Chief has met with eight community residents and Center for Law and Justice staff members in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a young man paralyzed. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the next Albany city police chief prepares to begin on September 5th, there is apparently a breakdown in the relationship between the police department and one of the city's most respected community resources.

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