Ellazar Williams Won't Face Charges After Albany Police Confrontation

Ellazar Williams

No criminal charges will be filed against a 19-year-old man who was shot and left paralyzed in a confrontation with Albany police last summer. 

DA David Soares says while there may be a "credible case" against Ellazar Williams, there is nothing to be gained.  

Williams' supporters are happy he won't face charges, but Center for Law and Justice Director Alice Green says there are still a lot of questions.

Green says police have yet to fully explain what happened when Detective James Olsen shot Williams behind a school on Elk Street. 

Green adds that this episode has not helped anyone.

Police have ruled the shooting justified, and a grand jury declined to press charges against Olsen, who retired last week after more than 20 years on the Albany PD.

Photo: WNYT


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