A Call for a Special Prosecutor in Albany Shooting of Ellazar Williams

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Williams Shooting

There’s a call for a special prosecutor in the case of an Albany teenager who was shot by an Albany City Detective, that teenager is now paralyzed.

Alice Green, the executive director of the Center for Law and Justice, wants the special prosecutor in the case of Albany teen Ellazar Williams, who was shot by Albany Detective James Olsen, after a police chase.

Green, speaking with WGY News, says there is conflicting evidence in the shooting.

Albany police deemed the shooting justified in September, after an internal investigation, saying that Williams had a knife and was running toward the detective when he was shot.

Green has said that Williams was shot in the back, and not in the upper shoulder.

Green also points out what she calls the close working relationship between the D.A's office and Albany police detective James Olsen, the officer who shot Williams.

A letter is going to Albany County District Attorney David Soares, copy was sent to Governor Cuomo, and State Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Photo: WNYT

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