Green: Police have video of shooting

August 28, 2018 07:16 PM

ALBANY - NewsChannel 13 has learned that Albany Police have video of the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on August 17.

We already know none of the three detectives at the scene that night were wearing body cameras, which means the most likely scenario is that surveillance cameras from the school parking lot where Ellazar Williams was shot captured part of the confrontation.

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Eight days later and still so many unanswered questions.

"At this point, I can't second guess them (police)," said Dr. Alice Green, executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany. "I don't have any information."

Dr. Green says she met with Albany acting-Police Chief Michael Basile on Monday, along with other community members, but she's still not getting the answers she believes the public is entitled to.

"I did ask the police which shoulder he was shot in and they said they didn't know," she said.

What Green does know is what's written in the police report -- that Detective James Olsen responded to a business owner's complaint on the afternoon of August 17, when he spotted 19-year old Ellazar Williams who fit the description near the scene, pursed him and confronted him in a school parking lot.

When Williams allegedly ran toward Olsen while holding a knife, Olsen says he feared for his life and fired two shots.  

"We don't know exactly where the bullet entered his body," Green stated. "There's a belief that it entered from his back shoulder (based) on what we've heard from the department."

Dr. Green says she wishes she could have heard Williams' entire version of events from him when she visited his hospital room on Sunday, but because a police officer was present the whole time, that couldn't happen.

At this point, Green says she's not ready to draw any conclusions about what happened.

"It's not something we can speculate about," she said. "I think we're going to wait to see what the department comes up with when they conclude their investigation."


Dan Levy

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