Ellazar Williams

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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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Albany County District Attorney David Soares says his office will not prosecute a city man who was paralyzed when he was shot by an Albany police detective in August.

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. 

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...

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about Ellazar Williams, who is suing Albany over the police shooting that left him paralyzed. The pair also discuss Wall Street's effect on New York state's budget.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany County Grand Jury has cleared an Albany Police detective of any criminal wrongdoing in the Ellazar Williams shooting case.

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.

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An Albany activist group has launched a probe of its own into the August shooting of a city man by a police officer.

 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.

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