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Albany officials respond to Saturday night's riots

WNYT Staff
Created: June 01, 2020 06:26 AM

In the Capital Region, the curfew in Albany was in place again overnight.

It was a much quieter night in Albany Sunday night, after some protests got violent on Saturday.

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While the majority banded together speaking against the police brutality that killed George Floyd, some in the crowd got violent, and some businesses were looted.

The curfew is set to expire at 7 a.m. Monday. Sunday was a peaceful night in the city after Saturday’s unrest.

The violence began at the South Street Albany Police Station -- and then spread out across the city. Many businesses on Central Avenue and downtown began to be looted.     

One businessman who owns two businesses that were looted said the looting would set him back about two years.     

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said they have surveillance footage of many of these incidents and will prosecute people.     

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the pandemic has already hit businesses hard.

“We saw damage done to local businesses, many of them black owned businesses, and they may never come back from that damage they were already suffering because of the shutdown, and now these businesses have been destroyed damaged and looted. I want to stress these are our small businesses,” said Mayor Sheehan.

There is no word yet on if Mayor Sheehan will put another curfew in place on Monday night.

Albany police have made a few arrests. They say they are investigating every incident.

To hear more, click on Emily De Vito’s report


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