Local law enforcement leaders react to unrest in Minneapolis

Karen Tararache
Updated: May 30, 2020 11:53 AM
Created: May 29, 2020 10:58 PM

ALBANY - "George Floyd's life mattered. He should not have lost his life because of this, because of being arrested," Eric Clifford, Schenectady Police Chief said.

Clifford says he spoke with his officers earlier this week reiterating the department must treat its community with dignity and respect and continue to foster trust and relationships with community leaders.


"We, at the police department are talking about it, we're learning from it, and we're making sure that in his memory, we're gonna move positive, move in a positive manner," Clifford said.

In Albany, Chief Eric Hawkins referred to the riots and looting in Minneapolis as sad and disheartening.
"This is something that will probably set us back in a sense and we will have to re-establish and strengthen the bonds and bridges we have in our communities," Hawkins said.

He says he's always advised his officers to treat individuals as if they were family members and offers this as advice he would give to his own son if stopped or questioned by a police officer.

"Be respectful, be compliant and make sure they get as much information as they can from the officers they're dealing with the sample badge number or name of the officers just in the case a complaint is necessary," Hawkins said.

On Saturday, May 30th at 1:00pm a Walk/Run 2.23 Mile Rally for Black Lives will take place in Albany, starting at Townsend Park. 

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