Protesters remain outside Albany Police South Station

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 20, 2021 12:12 PM
Created: April 20, 2021 06:44 AM

Protesters remain camped outside the Albany Police South Station Tuesday morning. 

Protesters have been camping outside the station for multiple days in a row now, and they tell NewsChannel 13 they have no intention of leaving until their demands are met. 

While the group's initial protests were focused on the shooting death of Daunte Wright, it's now taken a local focus. Protesters say they're upset with what happened last Wednesday, after part of a BLM protest arrived at the South Station. 

While the protest started out peaceful, things quickly turned when some in the group started climbing on railings, banging on doors, and smashing a window. Police ultimately responded with pepper spray, a move that protesters say crossed the line. 

They're calling for two officers to be fired, and they're also calling on Mayor Sheehan and Chief Hawkins to step down.

NewsChannel 13's Dan Levy spoke with protesters again Monday night. 

"We are determined. We are not stopping. We are not going to be here for one or two days. We're going to be here as long as we have to be," explained Lexis Figuerio, with the Black Lives Matter movement. "I feel like a lot of times people get discouraged after a little while and give it up. We are not giving up."

Late last week, Chief Hawkins responded to Wednesday's protest and the use of pepper spray. Hawkins says his officers did not provoke anyone, and that they did what they had to do to keep peace and order. 

NewsChannel 13 continues to monitor this situation closely, and will provide updates on-air and online. 


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