Protests continue in Albany Sunday evening

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 18, 2021 06:59 PM
Created: April 18, 2021 06:42 PM

ALBANY -- For the third time in less than a week, protesters were back outside the South Station Police Headquarters Sunday evening.

Local activists have been protesting police actions across the country.

Now, the protestors are citing local issues.

The group claims two Albany police officers have acted in an unacceptable manner.

Protesters allege one officer assaulted a demonstrator, and that another officer removed his name tag and body camera during the Wednesday night protest.

The group is demanding those officers be fired immediately.

They also want the personnel records of officers to be released, and are demanding a face-to-face meeting with the police chief and mayor to discuss other issues.

The Wednesday protest began peaceful, but escalated into a brief clash with police after officers said some of the protesters climbed up onto the entrance ramp on Arch St.

Police said that action prompted them to pepper spray the crowd.

A window was also shattered at the station Wednesday night.

In days following, Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Mayor Kathy Sheehan held a news conference, where Sheehan compared the incident to the uprising at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Sheehan has since apologized, and clarified on Twitter that her comments referred to the physical actions of the use of violence to attempt to gain unlawful entry into a government building.

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