Body cam video shows violent encounter with Albany police

April 04, 2019 12:03 AM

Body cam video is shining some light on an incident that resulted in the arrest of an Albany police officer and the suspension of two other officers.

Five videos were released Wednesday morning. They were played in court in front of several attorneys, police officers, and members of the news media.


The video shows a violent encounter on March 16 at 523 First St., where police were responding to a call for a loud party.

The first clip featured an officer walking up to a home and rapping on the front door, demanding for someone to open the door and come outside. When people refused to do that, a police officer broke down the door, grabbed someone inside by the collar, and dragged that person to the floor. The officer then proceeded to beat the person and use pepper spray.

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Another clip taken from Officer Luke Deer out on the street appears to show him shoving a bystander and then punching that person in the face, knocking him to the ground. The video then shows Deer continuing to beat the person.

Three people at the home were arrested during the incident. The charges against them were dropped Wednesday morning.

Deer is now charged with felony assault and official misconduct, a misdemeanor. He's suspended, along with two other officers. All of the suspensions are without pay.

Police Chief Eric Hawkins says the investigation into this incident is not over.

Hear reaction from Albany County District Attorney David Soares, by watching the main video of Emily De Vito's story.

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