ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The man injured in an officer-involved shooting was released from police custody Monday. He had remained in custody as he was recovering from his injuries in the hospital.
“He’s doing substantially better than he was back in January, but he is still critical, I’d say,” said Assistant Public Defender Rebekah Sokol.
Jordan Young was shot by an Albany officer on January 24. Police were initially called to Morris Street for a report of a home invasion with a gun. They said they stopped the 32-year-old on New Scotland Avenue as part of the investigation into the home invasion when they said they saw him holding a knife to his dog’s throat.
Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins said three shots were fired in the man’s torso area, and a taser was deployed. The officer who fired his weapon did not have a taser. Police released bodycam footage of the incident that shows Young ran toward an officer while holding a knife.
Young was released on his own recognizance Monday after a state Supreme Court justice ruled he is not a flight risk since he is continuing to recover at Albany Medical Center. An Albany County judge had previously denied bail in February.
“Someone suffering from gunshot wounds, being chained to his bed, having literally two officers two feet away from him at all times, violated really his eighth amendment rights,” Sokol told NEWS10.
Local civil rights activist Alice Green has stayed in close touch with Young and his family since the shooting in January, and she’s thrilled about this latest development, but disappointed in the court decisions that led to him being shackled to a hospital bed at all.
“They have to start thinking about people. They’re going by some rule or regulation or just whim about dealing with this,” Green said, “but we are talking about a human being.”
Young is facing a menacing charge. His family and community activists dispute officers’ claims about what happened that night. The Albany Community Police Review Board is continuing to investigate the shooting.
“This a continuation of trying to work everything out and make sure things go the way we want them to following Proposal Seven,” board chair Nairobi Vives previously told NEWS10.
Proposal Seven gives the board the ability to conduct investigations with limited subpoena powers. Among the evidence they’ve requested is a digital reconstruction of the events of that night, including electronic data from Young’s cell phone and access to police accounts of what led up to the decision to shoot Young.