Continued Pressure on Albany Police Chief After First Street Incident

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins was once again in the hot seat on Wednesday night, answering questions about a mid-March incident on First Street that ended with one officer arrested on assault charges and two others suspended.

Hawkins says every officer who was present that night is having his actions reviewed internally and by the DA's office.

He says additional training is being studied, but he also talked about the need for a cultural change within the department.

Committee chair Dorcey Applyrs says it's important for city officials to do everything possible to make sure an incident like that doesn't happen again.

One question posed to Hawkins dealt with overworked cops and overtime.

But Nurse Brenda Robison, head of the city's Commission on Human Rights, says she's put in a lot of OT over the years, and says that's no excuse.

Council members are hoping public meetings like these help ensure that nothing like this happens again.

Photo: WNYT

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