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Video Albany mayor calls 'troubling' at center of peaceful protest

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Updated: June 07, 2020 06:35 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 07:03 PM

A video described by the Albany mayor as "troubling" was at the center of another protest underway in the city.

NewsChannel 13 showed you that video Tuesday night of Albany police taking a couple into custody.

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Now the mayor has announced the charges against the couple have been dropped - and an investigation is underway.

Easily over 100 people gathered for the peaceful protest, which moved all throughout the city of Albany, and broke up at Park Playhouse in Washington Park.

This protest was called after video showing an arrest of a young black couple on South Pearl Street went viral on social media Tuesday afternoon.

NewsChannel 13's Emily Burkhard spoke with that couple both Tuesday night and again on Wednesday afternoon. They said they were initially charged with inciting a riot because they got out to take video of police officers arresting a man in connection to one of the riots that took place in the city this past week.

Kimani Addison and Desiree Shuman say they were merely taking a video when police told them to stop cursing. They cursed several more times and were thrown to the ground, taken into custody and charged with inciting a riot.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

"I want to acknowledge troubling video footage that was shared with my office by members of the community depicting an arrest that occurred yesterday in Albany's South End.

The video footage does not appear to depict efforts by police to de-escalate a situation, nor it does it depict the sensitivity I expect from all city employees in this moment and every day.

I want to acknowledge that the Albany Police Department has performed valiantly responding to the events of the last several days. I believe the restraint and respect shown by our officers, many of whom were attacked with bricks, rocks, and incendiary devices, has been a model for the state and nation. Our resources have been stretched and we are all on edge because of the violence and destruction we have witnessed.

That being said, the treatment I witnessed in that video falls short of the standards I expect of our police department. After discussions with the Police Chief, all charges associated with this arrest will be dropped and this incident is being referred to the Office of Professional Standards."

Addison says dropping the charges is not enough. He wants the officers involved to face charges themselves. Hear more of his thoughts, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.


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