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Outraged protesters demand justice after violent Albany police confrontation

April 08, 2019 11:40 PM

ALBANY - The community group "Justice or Else" held a rally Monday night at the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute on First street.

It comes after Albany police officers are seen on body camera footage in a violent confrontation at a home on First Street last month.

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"It was chaotic, it was crazy," said Armando Sanchez who is seen in one video being beaten by Albany Officer Luke Deer.

Deer has been arrested and charged with felony assault and official misconduct. In another video, you see Lee Childs being pulled out of the home on First Street and then kicked by officers. He said he was trying to comply.

"At that time I was trying to grab my ID like he asked me too, but as soon as I reached he thought something else and it just went chaotic from there," said Childs.

Many at Monday night's rally said the Albany Police Department has been transparent in this incident, but it's not enough.

"There's never been any transparency before," said Chairman of Justice or Else Marquinn Jennings. "So if you just have a smidgen of it, they believe that we'll eat it up and be full of that."

The group is making three demands. They want ever officer involved in the use of excessive force during the incident last month arrested and fire. They also want the names and badge numbers of every officer involved released to the public. They said if those demands aren't met, they don't want any officer involved in the incident that night patrolling predominately black communities in the City of Albany. 

"We see this stuff on social media all the time," said victim Mario Gorostiza. "Police brutality and nobody does nothing about it. No justice is being served, nothing. So I'm just going to say I'm glad I'm here today because I could've died that night."

The charges were dropped against the three men arrested during that confrontation last month. Many community members shared their own stories of police brutality. All three men said they only want to see one thing at the end of this all.

"I just want justice right now for everything," said Sanchez. 

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