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Albany mayor, police address Saturday riots

Albany mayor, police address Saturday riots

WNYT Staff
Updated: May 31, 2020 02:45 PM
Created: May 31, 2020 02:35 PM

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Deputy Chief Brian Hogan spoke Sunday morning about the riots in the city that took place Saturday evening.

Deputy Chief Hogan spoke on the sequence of events. He stated the Albany Police Department supported the 1 p.m. peaceful protest at Townsend Park and had officers on hand to make sure no pedestrians were injured. He called the event successful. Then, around 5 p.m. Deputy Chief Hogan said a small group broke off from the main protest and went down to the Arch Street Police Station where some protestors wanted to speak to officers; they were able to speak with police, then left the area. Around 6 p.m., he said people returned to the area and began throwing items which is when police came out in riot gear and formed a line to move the crowd.

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Police Chief Hawkins said two arrests were made, which he believed were both property crime related.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan also announced the extension of a city curfew, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Monday.

"Our community is suffering, but Albany is better than what we saw last night," said Mayor Kathy Sheehan. "Albany is a community that comes together when we are suffering, Albany is a community that figures out how to work through the pain, it is a community that has been feeding people, it is a community that has been helping people pay rent, it is a community that has been encouraging people to get the healthcare they need, it is a community full of people who care."

Police Deputy Brian Hogan said multiple officers were injured; one went to the hospital with a head injury and is now home recovering.

"I do not want to associate the peaceful protestors who came out and who had the right to make their voices heard with what happened afterwards," said Mayor Kathy Sheehan.


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