Albany Co. exec.: People don't have the right to shut down a street | WNYT.com

Albany Co. exec.: People don't have the right to shut down a street

Sam Hesler
Updated: April 23, 2021 06:59 PM
Created: April 23, 2021 01:22 PM

More reaction is coming in after Thursday's incident in Albany, with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy supporting city leadership.

McCoy says he is all about people's First Amendment right to protest, but he says this week's encampment on Arch Street is a step to far.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says most protesters abided by the orders and left peacefully, but some remained and that's when police started making arrests.

The protesters NewsChannel 13 spoke with say they were upset with how police handled the situation, but Chief Hawkins is standing by his decision, with leaders like McCoy supporting him.

"I stand by the mayor, and I understand why she let it go. But again, as a citizen of Albany, you know, I would have like to see that not even be closed down," said McCoy. "It was a city street. It shouldn't have been shut down. People don't have the right to shut down a street."

There were questions as to whether police used tear gas to disperse the protesters. However, Albany police say they never did.


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