ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Following the alleged attacks of Black men in Albany, community members are speaking out on the issue listing demands of how they want the Albany Police Department to rectify the issue.
Albany residents and politicians gathered to speakout on police brutality in the Black community following the arrest of one officer and suspension of two others. But it was Marcello Childs, Armando Sanchez and Mario Gorostiza who were captured on video being allegedly assaulted by the officers, who the community wanted to hear from most.
“I’m just glad the community is behind us and with us,” Childs said.
“Some people got sons out here that’s real young. They see this — know the right thing, if you get in contact with police, hands up,” Sanchez said.
The community looked for ways they can move forward. Those in attendence have a list of demands. On the top of that list is the termination of all officers involved in the events involving the three men.
The Albany Police Officer’s Union wrote a statement on its Facebook page “firmly” standing behind the officers involved.
With the ongoing investigation, the Albany Police Department has no comment at this time.
Officer Luke Deer, who was arrested, has waived his preliminary hearing. The Albany County District Attorney’s office has six months to indict or resolve the case.