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The last of a series of neighborhood meetings about implicit bias was held last night at Albany’s Jewish Community Center.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
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Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
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Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

Chief Brendan Cox led the discussion at the Albany Public Library's Main Branch.
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About 75 people attended a forum on police body cameras hosted by the Albany Police Department.

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The Albany Police Department has received a grant to implement a key program to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

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After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

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Citizens protesting the death of Donald Ivy Friday evening in Albany called for the firing of police officers involved.

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Five months have passed since the taser-related death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy at the hands of Albany Police. Slow-paced investigations by the department and the Albany County District Attorney's office have upset citizens and alarmed activists.

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The trucking company involved in the death of a 4-year old at a busy Central Avenue intersection in February is seeking to add the city of Albany and a crossing guard to a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

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The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

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This week, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appointed 21-year veteran Brendan Cox the new Chief of Police. Cox, who is awaiting confirmation from the Common Council, takes over from the retired Steven Krokoff. Cox had been a close ally of Krokoff’s and worked as the acting chief for the past several months. He spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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There’s been another fatal shooting in Albany. In the meantime, police have announced a change in taser policy.

The city stun-gun policy change comes in the aftermath of a pair of tasing incidents in Arbor Hill. April 2nd, 39-year old Dontay Ivy, a paranoid schizophrenic with heart problems, died at Albany Medical Center shortly after police tased him. The Albany County D.A. is investigating.

Funeral services are scheduled for this morning for an Albany man who died in police custody.

39-year old Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police. The incident is being investigated by police internal affairs. A separate probe has been launched by Albany County D.A. David Soares.

Calling hours are at 11 this morning followed by a noon funeral at Greater Saint John’s Church of God in Christ in Albany.

Ivy will be buried beside his mother in Graceland Cemetery in Albany.

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At the same time the District Attorney is launching an investigation, a rally is scheduled this afternoon at the University at Albany to protest the death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy, who died April 2nd after a confrontation with police in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood.

Early Thursday morning, Donald “Dontay” Shaw Ivy died following an encounter with Albany police. Different narratives have unfolded regarding the interaction between officers and Ivy, who was Tased during the struggle. The death has led to a call for justice and a rally outside police headquarters tonight.

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The City of Albany is bidding farewell to a transformative police chief who has won praise for improving police-community relations.

A bagpiper led Steven Krokoff out of police headquarters Friday where fellow officers saluted and paid tribute.

Krokoff, oft-hailed as a "people’s chief," is retiring to be closer to his extended family and to take a job as chief in Milton, Georgia, outside Atlanta.

He joined the Albany Police Department in 1993.  One of the city's youngest chiefs, Krokoff was 40 when he took the job in July 2010.

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Police say three people have been charged in connection with a melee at an Albany hip-hop concert that left six men with stab wounds and a woman assaulted and robbed.

The Albany Times-Union reports 21-year-old Dywuan Blunt of Albany was charged with first-degree riot and sent to the county jail without bail after being arraigned on Thursday.

Police say two other people also face charges after the brawl early Saturday at a concert by the Georgia-based hip-hop group Migos.

For the first time in five years, Albany is getting a new police chief. Deputy Chief Brendan Cox will become Albany's acting chief when Steven Krokoff retires on April  1.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan called on Deputy Chief Brendan Cox to serve as acting chief while a search for a new head is conducted. Krokoff is leaving the force after five years as chief for a job in the Atlanta suburbs. 

Cox hits the ground running: his position gave him a front-row seat for city-police issues.

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A 22-year law enforcement veteran from upstate New York has been selected to lead a police department in the state of Georgia. Now, Albany is on the hunt for a new chief of police. 

"People wave to us when we're driving in the streets now. People hug me when they see me in the street. It's not me that they're hugging. I just happen to be the face of the department." ~ Steven Krokoff

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A 4-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a truck, and police are investigating. The scene is a busy Albany intersection that was shut down for more than five hours today.

The corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany was closed off Thursday morning, as police conducted an investigation into a pedestrian accident. They say a 4-year-old boy was struck by a garbage truck while crossing the four-lane Central Avenue, just steps from WAMC studios. Police spokesman Steve Smith:  

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  Police in one Upstate New York city want to be able to access live red light cameras 24/7.The city wants capability to remotely monitor the cameras' live streams at all times.

John Dale was the Albany Police department's first black sergeant and lieutenant.

He became a detective and a supervisor, serving as Chief from 1989 to 1995. The Korean War combat veteran joined the force in 1958 as a ptrol officer and worked his way to the top. Albany activist Alice Green tells the Times Union Dale was well-liked and always cordial, even when they disagreed, and was often called upon to be a liaison between police and the city's black community. He received many awards for his police work and for his commitment to community. John Dale was 80.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will provide nearly $4 million in grant funding to 29 police departments, district attorneys’ offices and other agencies to combat motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud in New York State.  The Albany Police Department, Albany County and Westchester County district attorney's offices are getting just over $400,000 combined.

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A community forum brought activists, citizens and police together in Albany Tuesday night.   Community policing involves assigning specific officers to serve specific neighborhoods, engage residents and cultivate a community-based effort to stop crime.

It was a full house at Milne Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus, the event jointly presented by city police and the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee.

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An Albany resident has started a petition to ask the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to ban police training in public housing.  

The power of social networking proved to be a force to reckon with after citizens in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood posted photographs of swat teams, fake bloodstains and shell casings on Facebook, after an Albany Police Department training exercise.

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What started out as a police training exercise has ignited community outrage and attracted the attention of the NAACP.

The Albany Police Department is taking some heat after pictures and complaints about what is described as a "training exercise" went viral on Facebook.

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New York’s top law enforcement officials were joined by Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and Police Chief Steven Krokoff in Albany on Tuesday to announce a major drug indictment.

The 11-month operation, code-named “Operation North Star,” resulted in a 226 count indictment of 31 defendants and the seizure of nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine with an approximate street value of $200,000 dollars, more than $100,000 dollars in cash, three vehicles, a bulletproof vest, and a hand gun that police say was to be used in an imminent murder.