Two weeks ago I described my concerns about the New York City Police Department. It’s actually a much bigger problem – police all over the country have been using their power and their guns instead of their heads. Many people in our communities have been paying the price for years. Big problem, all over the place, persistent, rooted in the system, so are we stuck with it?
The attorneys handling the case of a former Saratoga County police officer accused of slapping a civilian are preparing for trial, while a group of civilians have filed a petition to voice their views.
A few Hudson Valley county executives are weighing in about the planned introduction of state legislation to retrofit all police vehicles in New York with bulletproof glass.
Two state senators and two assemblymembers, including Republican Jim Tedisco, say they are drafting legislation after two New York City police officers were gunned down in their car over the weekend. Republican Rockland County Executive Ed Day, now retired from the New York City Police Department, likes the idea.
In a time of tense relationships between urban communities and police, law enforcement officials from across New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to take part in a conference designed to reduce violent crime through community engagement.
This week President Obama asked Congress to approve $263 million to buy thousands of body cameras for police departments nationwide. The hope is that they will prevent deaths like that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve.
The Saratoga County sheriff’s office has suspended an officer for an “inappropriate action” with a civilian after a video of the exchange was posted online. The video has since gone viral and attracted media attention across the country.
A press release states that the incident occurred during a roadside interview following a suspicious vehicle complaint early Friday morning in Halfmoon, NY.
The name of the officer has been reported as Sgt. Shawn Glans.
Saratoga Springs Police said Wednesday that 31-year-old Aaron Huggins has died after being assaulted early Friday morning.
Police have charged 25-year-old Jeffrey Mann with one count of second degree assault. Mann allegedly attacked Huggins after the two bumped into each other at the Paddock Lounge nightclub on Caroline Street. Huggins was knocked unconscious and sustained injuries to the head and face.
Mann was arraigned last Friday and remains in Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail.