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Albany cop caught on cam making racist remarks will lose his job

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 14, 2020 11:42 AM
Created: November 13, 2020 06:46 PM

An Albany police officer caught on camera making racist remarks about the people he was hired to protect and serve will be terminated.

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Officer David Haupt was working alongside an Albany sheriff's deputy when the deputy's body cam recorded the exchange.

Albany police are sharing that video.

The incident was recorded on November 1. It was right around 10 p.m.

It was brought to the attention of the higher ups two days ago after a clerk who was routinely monitoring the body cam footage saw that exchange and immediately sent it to the Albany DA's office as part of the new discovery laws.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Albany police video of officer making racially charged statement

Officer Haupt joined the department in 2016.

The name of the sheriff's deputy who was riding with him is not being released at this time, but multiple officials say it appears the deputy initiated a racially charged conversation, which led to those blatantly racist comments by Haupt.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told NewsChannel 13 Friday the deputy was being interviewed, but so far, no disciplinary action has taken place.

Meanwhile, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said when she saw the video, she immediately called for the officer to be fired.

Hear more of the mayor's thoughts by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins discusses the video


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