Protesters plan another night of camping outside Albany police station

Dan Levy
Updated: April 19, 2021 07:16 PM
Created: April 19, 2021 07:11 PM

ALBANY - "Occupy Arch Street" in Albany entered its third day Monday. There is still no end in sight to the situational stalemate between protesters and city officials.

Arch Street in Albany's South End has become an open-ended encampment. Many of the demonstrators who are there during and the day, and those who stay the night, were there last Wednesday evening when a peaceful protest turned riotous.

Protesters began climbing on the railing to the South Station entrance ramp, some were trying to kick in the doors, and someone smashed a window.

Albany police responded with pepper-spray. Protesters believe police overreacted.

Protesters are now demanding that two police officers they believe acted improperly be fired immediately. They're also calling for Police

Chief Eric Hawkins and Mayor Kathy Sheehan to step down.

They say they won't leave Arch Street until their demands are met.

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