Protesters clash outside Schenectady County Courthouse

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: September 23, 2020 07:14 PM
Created: September 23, 2020 01:04 PM

SCHENECTADY - Two simultaneous, dueling protest rallies were taking place outside Schenectady County Courthouse on Wednesday.

On one hand, you have community activists demanding answers regarding a controversial arrest that took place in Schenectady back in June. That's when city police officer Brian Pommer allegedly knelt on either the head or neck of a vandalism suspect named Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud.

The activists are demanding that the city release Officer Pommer's personnel record.

The Schenectady Police Officer's Union was scheduled to appear in county court Wednesday for a "show cause" order.

In the meantime, a group calling itself the Liberty Bell Alliance scheduled a "Back the Blue" rally outside the courthouse Wednesday.

Their intent is to offer support and thanks to members of the police department and sheriff's office.

As part of Gov. Cuomo's bail reform package that kicked in at the beginning of the year, police departments in the state are now required to release personnel files of officers involved high publicity incidents, something that police have been opposing.

Dueling protests underway outside the Schenectady County Courthouse: Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue.

Posted by WNYT NewsChannel 13 on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Black Lives Matter rally outside Schenectady County Courthouse, demanding that police officers’ personnel records to made public.

Posted by WNYT NewsChannel 13 on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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