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Arianna Fishman, afishman@nyclu.org, 212-607-3372

April 22, 2021

ALBANY – In response to reporting that Albany law enforcement is currently wielding aggressive tactics against protestors, including violently dispersing protestors while reportedly obscuring identification badges, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from director of chapters Caroline Nagy: 

“There is no excuse for police violence against protestors anywhere in New York state. Protests calling for an end to police brutality against Black New Yorkers should never result in more police brutality.

“Members of Albany law enforcement are instigating violence while reportedly concealing their identification badges. This is neither accountability nor justice, and shows that the police are deliberately refusing to police themselves.

“Albany lawmakers should respect the right to protest, not excuse violent escalations. Officers who have concealed their identification to obscure accountability must be subject to discipline.”