Jonathan Hunter & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 17, 2021 11:39 PM
Created: April 17, 2021 06:26 PM
A group gathered in Albany for a demonstration Saturday night, expressing frustration about the recent police-involved incidents across the country.
That group met at Townsend Park in Albany. They marched through the city before making their way to the South Station.
A lot of their frustration stems from Friday afternoon's press conference. Police chief Eric Hawkins says his officers did not provoke the protestors Wednesday night. He says they reacted when someone broke the glass window. Hawkins says his officers went outside to move the crowd off the ramp but pepper-sprayed them when they didn't listen.
"So you mean with about 50 protestors out here you had to pepper spray us and beat us with your batons," said Legacy Casanova, a protester.
Casanova showed us a cell phone video from the other night. In the video, you can see an officer remove a megaphone from an individual. He says once the officer removed the megaphone and light is when things escalated.
"A Black woman shouting people over property, that is a distraction. People over property. That's what she kept saying, people over property and he decided to physically assault her by busting her lip and by yanking the megaphone," said Casanova.
Protestors say they are not the ones who instigated the fight and are calling for the resignation of a lieutenant and an officer because of what happened Friday.
Albany Police Officers helped assist with traffic.
A group also gathered in Troy Saturday afternoon to remember Edson Thevenin, the man killed by an officer on April 17, 2016.
Reimagine Troy and Troy for Black Lives teamed up to hold a rally, that more than 100 people attended.
Speakers voiced their frustration with what they are calling the over-policing of black and brown communities.
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