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Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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The Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will meet for the first time tonight. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

In a month that has seen protests downtown, activists and members of the faith community in Schenectady held a virtual discussion Wednesday to reflect on an iconic letter by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Protesters on the steps of Schenectady City Hall
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Protesters risked arrest at Schenectady City Hall Monday night a week after video of a controversial police encounter sparked outcry in the Electric City. 

Protesters demonstrate outside the back gate of the Schenectady Police Department on July 6th
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Members of the Schenectady chapter of the NAACP are scheduled to hold a press conference at noon Saturday after a controversial arrest in the Electric City earlier in the week.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says the city police department’s Office of Professional Standards and the Schenectady County District Attorney are finalizing their review of a controversial arrest on Monday.

In the meantime, the city police department has released more video of the encounter.

Schenectady Police headquarters
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After video of an arrest Monday led to protests outside police headquarters hours later, Schenectady officials announced changes to several police protocols Thursday. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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There is new information today about the Schenectady police officer who appears to use his knee on a city man’s neck in video of an arrest on Monday. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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The Chief of the Schenectady Police Department is urging patience as authorities continue their investigation into a Monday incident where it appeared an officer placed his knee on a man's neck while making an arrest.  

Protesters outside Schenectady Police HQ on Monday
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Protesters gathered outside Schenectady Police headquarters Monday night hours after a video circulated online of what appears to be a police officer holding a man to the ground with his knee on the man’s neck. Now, the mayor says the incident is under review. 

The “Get Your Knee Off Our Neck” group posted a photo it claimed shows a city police officer kneeling on a man’s neck on Brandywine Avenue today.
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According to a Facebook event, protesters plan to gather at Schenectady Police headquarters Monday evening. The “Get Your Knee Off Our Neck” group posted a photo it claimed shows a city police officer kneeling on a man’s neck on Brandywine Avenue today.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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Between now and April 2021, New York communities are being asked to “reinvent” their police departments, under a directive issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard asked public officials in Schenectady for their thoughts on the policy.

Morning Headlines With Miles Reed Of The Daily Gazette

Aug 1, 2018

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about new revelations in the story of a secret recording involving Denocratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb of NY-21. The pair also discuss a claim filed against the Schenectady police chief.

Sgt. Matt Dearing and Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

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Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

swearing-in
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The city of Schenectady has a new police chief.