Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 22, 2021 10:29 PM
Created: April 22, 2021 04:22 PM
Albany police clashed with protesters occupying the roadway in front of the South Station Thursday afternoon. Police said they had to leave.
It turned into a wild and potentially dangerous scene. Protesters made a barricade surrounding themselves, using garbage bins and dumpsters.They were given a 15-minute warning to clear out. When they didn’t, a large force of Albany police officers with riot gear moved in.
There was a great deal of resistance and scuffles with police. Protesters were wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, and arrested.
The tents, sleeping bags, and portable heaters were left strewn across the pavement. DGS crews were cleaning everything up, including power washing graffiti off buildings.
NewsChannel 13 continues to follow this story. We will have updates on WNYT.com and our newscasts.
Eight individuals have been arrested at the South Station. Charges range from Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Riot 2nd. Five received appearance tickets to return to Albany Criminal Court at later dates. 1/2— Steve Smith (@APDSmith) April 23, 2021
Others have been transported to Albany County Jail. Important to note that some were arrested for their role in the Wednesday, April 14th incident.— Steve Smith (@APDSmith) April 23, 2021
Our officers didn’t deploy any tear gas while clearing the unlawful encampment in front of South Station. https://t.co/EjLYY3xrSh— Steve Smith (@APDSmith) April 22, 2021
Protesters have gathered by Trinity Place and Arch Street. pic.twitter.com/71hSGEXsfN— Jonathan Hunter (@hunter_jonathan) April 22, 2021
Crews from DGS are continuing to clean up the street in front of South Station. pic.twitter.com/PN08bdtGIr— Jonathan Hunter (@hunter_jonathan) April 22, 2021
This is what South Station looks like at the moment. There is heavy police presence. Crews are cleaning up the area in front of the police station. pic.twitter.com/311bBy6TOw— Jonathan Hunter (@hunter_jonathan) April 22, 2021
I fully support Chief Hawkins’ decision to end the unlawful encampment while providing space for peaceful protests that keeps our residents, workforce, and protestors safe. https://t.co/5kKoAFEqc1— Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (@MayorSheehan) April 22, 2021
BREAKING NEWS- Albany Police have notified demonstrators who have occupied Arch Street for six days they have 15 minutes to vacate. pic.twitter.com/K16W1hKrPU— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 22, 2021
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan: We’re trying hard not to escalate the situation (on Arch Street). We are assessing the situation. We are working hard to assure everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/b183k0UU28— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 22, 2021
BREAKING NEWS - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan: the decision regarding how long protesters can remain on Arch Street is on police, says she has complete confidence in chief and command staff. pic.twitter.com/Bm7Efaw7Bx— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) April 22, 2021
The City will continue to provide safe space for protesters to assemble as we re-open South Station to the public and return the roadway to our residents.— Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (@MayorSheehan) April 22, 2021
“Protesters may continue to peacefully demonstrate, but they must do so in a space that is safe and lawful.” 3/3— Chief Eric Hawkins (@ChiefHawkinsAPD) April 22, 2021
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