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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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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.

ethel April 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm

True meaning of weak faggit axxex

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.

Ron Mack April 7, 2019 at 4:04 am

Where are the BAD ASSES at. The gang members

Shirley April 10, 2019 at 10:26 pm

They all in jail!

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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