External audit explores claims of racial bias in Albany Police Department

Karen Tararache & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 05, 2020 08:56 PM
Created: November 05, 2020 06:22 PM

Is there any racial bias in the Albany Police Department? The results from an external audit are now out.

The audit's part of an executive order announced in June, calling for police reform.

The city of Albany selected a research and analytics company, called CNA three months ago to determine if racial bias exists in the Albany Police Department's practices.

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The audit team reviewed arrests that took place between 2015 and 2019 and found that more than 64% of those arrested were black community members.

However, the report says that without details surrounding the circumstances of the arrests, they cannot conclude with certainty that the result is due to race or bias but the results are "suggestive of those possibilities."

Hear about what could be the most striking finding in the report by watching the video of Karen Tararache's story.

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