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Discussion over public safety continued as the Albany Common Council convened virtually Monday night.

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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.

Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.
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Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.

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.

Albany Protest 4-17
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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.