Albany police release video of Wednesday's riots |

Albany police release video of Wednesday's riots

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 16, 2021 11:36 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 03:28 PM

ALBANY - What was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration turned into a dangerous situation.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed Wednesday night's protest at a press conference on Friday.

Chief Hawkins says it was a planned, calculated riot.

Police shared videos from the incident.

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Hawkins says there is a narrative out there that isn't true. He says his officers did not provoke or instigate anybody in any way. He says his officers used restraint.

He showed body cam video and exterior video from the building.

Chief Hawkins says when protesters marched to the South Station is when things turned violent.

He says the peaceful protest was hijacked by some individuals.

Some people came to the ramp near the entrance of the station and started causing chaos.

At one point, the officers decided to go into the building as a way to deescalate the situation. The officers then secured the building.

Once people started smashing the window is when officers went back outside to clear the ramp. He says after people didn't comply is when his officers used pepper spray.

Chief Hawkins says he wants people to protest, but says it has to be peaceful. He is aware of the protest planned for this weekend and says his officers will be there to help assist with traffic.

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