Charges dropped against people arrested at Albany call

April 03, 2019 07:22 PM

Three people arrested by Albany police last month had their charges dropped on Wednesday. It comes as one of the officers who arrested them was arrested himself for his actions on that call. Two other officers were suspended without pay.

The call, which involved a large number of officers, was captured on body cameras. That video was released to NewsChannel 13 on Wednesday.
This all began around 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 when police were called to 523 First St. for a loud party. Police have been called to that home 60 times in the last six years for many reasons -- including a loud party, fighting, weapons, and general nuisance complaints.

A more thorough investigation into police conduct began after a bystander sent video of the incident to City Hall. That led to Officer Luke Deer being charged with felony assault and official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

"Through a collaborative investigation between the D.A.'s Office and the Albany Police Department it was determined that not only had Officer Deer violated department policies, but he had also committed criminal acts as well," Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins said on Tuesday.

The police chief says the investigation is far from over.

Hawkins also says he hopes this doesn't put a dark cloud over officers who put their lives on the line for the right reasons.


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