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Albany police use tear gas on protesters

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 02, 2020 05:21 AM
Created: June 01, 2020 11:47 PM

Albany police used tear gas Monday night as they tried to disperse two groups of protesters on either side of the police station on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

The protest seemed quiet when the gas canisters suddenly started flying around 9:45 p.m. Police spokesman Steve Smith says the gas was used in response to fireworks being thrown at officers.

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NewsChannel 13 anchor Jim Kambrich and a photographer were caught in the middle of it.

The scene quickly calmed down after police used the tear gas. They arrested at least one person.

Many protesters complained that outside instigators were encouraging the unrest. Protesters told Jim Kambrich they were there to protest peacefully, calling for justice for George Floyd.


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