Civil, human rights organizations react to Albany protesters being removed |

Civil, human rights organizations react to Albany protesters being removed

Dan Levy
Updated: April 27, 2021 08:05 PM
Created: April 27, 2021 02:05 PM

ALBANY - Civil and human rights organizations held a press conference in Albany Tuesday morning. They're calling the actions of the Albany mayor and police chief shameful and irresponsible after they removed protestors from outside the South Station.

The news conference outside the Center for Law & Justice comes on the heels of a violent and vitriolic series of events in Albany.

What began as a peaceful demonstration two weeks ago led to an ugly encounter between police and protesters.

That led to an encampment that blocked Arch Street for six days.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Watch the full press conference here.

One of the key points activists were making is that the violent clash between police and protesters in front of South Station last Thursday afternoon was far from an isolated incident. They insist it was far from it.

They emphasized the way police forcibly broke up the six-day encampment, trashed the protesters belongings, and manhandled demonstrators further illustrated that systemic racism is engrained in American culture.

Dr. Alice Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, who hosted Tuesday's news conference, further reiterated that anti-black bias is so deeply and deceptively embedded in Albany's government institutions that even well-meaning people fail to recognize its impact on their decision-making.

When city officials are blind to the bias inherent in their own actions, Dr. Green continued, systemic racism flourishes.

Hear what Green and other activists say needs to be done to help create change by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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