Albany residents rally together to try to stop violence

July 08, 2018 11:34 PM

ALBANY - "I hear a lot of anger, there's a lot of misplaced anger and we all just need to channel our anger in a positive right direction," said organizer Patrick Robertson.

"We are trying to take back our community, these acts of violence going on right now, we can't accept, these things are happening to great people, and we are trying to get an answer as to why these things are happening," said organizer Decky Lawson.

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More than 200 residents rallied in Albany Sunday. This coming after 13 shootings in the city in this past week alone. Those rallying say they are in shock and outraged.

"The violence in Albany has gotten way out of control. Myself and a couple of other community leaders decided it was time, it's been time. This is something that needed to be done. We're having three to four shootings a night. It doesn't make sense" said Robertson.

While trying to better understand where this is coming from, those attending held hands, chanted, begged and prayed alongside city officials. 

"I'm actually very happy to see this event tonight, I'm not happy to be here but I'm happy there's people that are outraged, upset. We share their frustrations, their desire for a safe community," said Acting Chief Robert Sears of the Albany Police Department.

Some residents like Jamil Hood are asking for the community to help, saying it's not just the city's responsibility, it's also the people's.

"We can get this done and make sure our message is sent to those that don't know any better," said organizer Jamil Hood.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she heard many attending speak of potential solutions. 

"This was really an opportunity for me to come and listen and to hear people's pain and resolve to ensure we are doing all we can," said Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany.
For some living in Albany they say stopping the violence comes down to one thing.

"If anybody can do this, it's us, it's only us," said Hood.


Brooke Selby

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