Albany County Executive joined by Albany County Sheriff and city mayor for daily briefing

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined County Executive Daniel McCoy and Sheriff Craig Apple to discuss violent protests that broke out Saturday night across the City of Albany.

What started earlier in the day as a peaceful protest related to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis later turned violent.

People started to gather outside the Albany South Station on Arch Street early Saturday evening, where the scene quickly descended into chaos as agitators threw objects at police.

Officers in riot gear, face masks, billy clubs, and shields lined up against protesters throwing milk, bottles, and bricks their way. At one point an American flag was set on fire as people chanted, “No justice, no peace!” in the middle of the street.

As the chaos continued, police on horseback tried to push the crowd back. Firecrackers and bottle rockets were fired at police as they held their formation. Fire quickly broke out as police moved forward to gain control.

The police patrolled the streets in an armored vehicle, deploying tear gas to disperse crowds. Glass was broken as windows were shattered.

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