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Cop Charged With Felony Assault After Video Shows Him Punching Man Who Had His Hands Up

Albany Police Department top officials didn’t learn about a violent confrontation between police and First Street residents until after cellphone video from a bystander was shared with a City Hall employee.

Chief Eric Hawkins said none of the 11 officers who responded at 4 a.m. March 16 to 523 First St. self-reported the incident that led to charges against one officer, Luke Deer, and the suspension of two others, one of which is Officer Matthew Seeber. Police have refused to release the name of the third officer placed on leave.

“I should never find out about these sorts of confrontations through a third party,” Hawkins said earlier this week. “I fully expect that if there are any sorts of misconduct that our officers self-report, and clearly that didn’t happen in that case.”

Department spokesman Officer Steve Smith on Thursday couldn’t say whether responding officers had submitted official use-of-force reports to the department, and said the investigation is ongoing.

Police originally charged three men — Armando Sanchez, Mario Gorostiza and Anthony Childs —with a variety of offenses, including inciting a riot, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration.

However, the video clip sent to Albany officials depicting an officer apparently beating one man prompted further review of officers’ body-worn cameras, Hawkins said. Officials said the initial review of the footage not only showed that Deer had violated department policy, but that he’d committed a crime too.

Smith said officials received the cellphone footage later March 16 and began their internal review two days later. On March 20, Deer was suspended, he said. It wasn’t until Tuesday that Deer was then charged with felony assault and misdemeanor official misconduct charges, and two other officers were suspended.

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7 comments

Sonja M April 6, 2019 at 10:40 am

White KKK officers have NO BUSINESS Policing the inner cities. They are Slave Patrollers with hate.

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ethel April 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm

True meaning of weak faggit axxex

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rommel gainer April 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm

You see these things. They are the Hate that is producing Hate towards police. You so-called good ones best stop them before Hell brakes lose.

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Ron Mack April 7, 2019 at 4:04 am

Where are the BAD ASSES at. The gang members

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Shirley April 10, 2019 at 10:26 pm

They all in jail!

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Shirley April 10, 2019 at 10:25 pm

The Police are not protecting Us! This repeat from the 1950’s doing the civil Rights movement You only this in Southern states America won’t say it but this kind of behavior is back again!

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shegryl May 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

I hope the cop fighting this yng manUNPREVOKED thinks hes bad,, Let me ENLIGHTEN u …thats just a job quit tryna be billy bad ass your not … in the cop Movies this is real life . if you really want to fight ppl you should sign up for Golden Gloves or a fighting exhibition somewere THats NOT a fair figt when someone isn’t allowed to fight you bck..WE NOT YOUR KIDSOR YOUR WIFE I cant understand for the life of me how that made you feel good to pul lthis mans hair like you were a girl or GAYpushing him down bcus he asked auQestion? thats giryl shit for real fr…GET CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS OR GET ANOTHER JOB Bcus PPL are Tired of this KKK mentality towards BLACKS …….AINT NOONE SCARED OF YOU you know if had been a FAIR street fight ……….. youd still be layed out …………..so stop with the ABUSE OF power….you put your pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else and you aint.JOhn Wayne…………….that made you look like a JOKE fighting unarmed man with all the help u had there and guns……. youd look more like a human being..+.less like a klan member+ ANIMAL by DOING YOUR JOB CORRECTLY PROFESSIONALLY …In my opinion you got mad bcus u had no warrant …… and he pointed that out …..so he gets beat down ?? poking him in his head w steel rod ???NNNOOOOOO YOU should lose your job for wrking with public EVEERR Again that was PURE RABID ASSAULTon innocent unprevoked citizen

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