Community members rally for police accountability in Albany |

Community members rally for police accountability in Albany

Brooke Selby
Updated: April 15, 2019 09:30 AM
Created: April 14, 2019 01:00 AM

Community members in Albany rallied on Sunday for police accountability in Albany. Many of those attending chanted in solidarity, saying justice for all and demanding changes in policing in the city.

"What we seen in the videos and stuff is just totally heartbreaking. I'm a mom. To see my son and the other two boys get beat like that by law enforcement is totally out of order," said Sandra Thompson of Albany.

Thompson, the mother of Armando Sanchez, one of three men involved in the recent police violence in Albany, spoke out on Sunday. She, along with dozens of others, attended the rally in Washington Park.

"It's important that all members of the community from all walks of life show up to support these issues because none of us is free with any of us oppressed," said Brigitte Arduini of Albany.

This is the second demonstration against police brutality in Albany since the incident involving the arrest of three men on First Street in March. The charges against the men were dropped. Body camera footage then led to the arrest of one officer and the suspension of another.

"The first time we did it, I don't think the message got out to everyone," said Derek Johnson of the Albany Common Council.

Since the violence, citizens in Albany have called for the name and badge number of every officer involved to be released.

"The message is that we are not going to tolerate what we saw nor are we going to accept one person being charged," said Johnson.

Thompson says her son is lucky to have survived. She says she's going to keep fighting for peace in this community.

"Now you have the video. What's going to be done? Who polices the police," said Thompson.

Also in attendance, chanting in solidarity, were Albany city council members, school board members, and other victims of police brutality from around the region.

"We just need justice done. The only justice we are going to be satisfied with, them officers need jail time to set an example for their fellow officers," said Thompson.

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