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Acting Albany Police Chief responds to officer's Facebook post criticizing department

July 09, 2018 11:15 PM

Albany's Acting Police Chief Robert Sears is blasting the vice president of the Albany Police Union. It comes after Sears says Officer Greg McGee made a Facebook post on the union page, blaming Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan for a recent string of violence in the city. The post also criticized anti-violence groups in the city.

Sears says this is one of the hardest things he has had to do in his career. He says he doesn't want to call out Officer McGee for the post made from the Albany Police Union's Facebook page. However, he says when McGee refused to apologize, he wanted people to know that Officer McGee is absolutely not speaking for the department.

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The post made on the Police Union's Facebook page made many accusations, including that the department's understaffed, they don't get uniforms, they have old technology and officers are wearing expired vests. Sears said that is absolutely not true, no one has been denied a uniform or is wearing an expired vest.

The post from Officer McGee also criticized the group Cure Violence, which aims to end violence in the city. The post read they, "show up to crime scenes and the hospital smelling to high heaven like marijuana." Sears says this is putting community relations back 10 years.

Sears said it's true they're understaffed by about 30 officers and that his officers should be paid more, but it's a complicated process that he says shouldn't be aired out over social media.

He also says after the recent string of shootings and violence that morale is low, but that's something he's working on internally.


MORE INFORMATION: Statement from Acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears on Greg McGee Facebook post

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