Tensions have been at a boiling point between the Albany (NY) police force, Occupy Albany protesters, and members of the city council. During a meeting before Albany's Common Council last week, Chief Steven Krokoff made his frustrations known and verbally attacked several council members by name for, as he says, capitalizing on recent traumas in the city for their own political gain. NBC 13 has Chief Krokoff's heated testimony:
Chief Krokoff was defending his police force for the dismantling of the Occupy Albany encampment on December 22, which he ordered, and included the pepper-spraying of several occupiers. NBC 13 reports that the meeting became hostile after Councilman Ron Bailey said it would cost the city $7,600 to clean up Academy Park where the Occupy Albany protesters had been encamped.
Several city council members had been vocal in support for Occupy Albany, and the Chief made clear his opinion of those sentiments, as well as the actions of a group of people within Occupy Albany:
- Shame on a very small group of people within the Occupy Albany movement who chose not to take their frustrations to court and translate those frustrations into legal action.
- Shame on that small group of people who defied common decency and demonstrated a lack of respect for fellow human beings
- Shame on a group of people that chose to convolute their own organizational message by conducting themselves without dignity and without concern for their fellow citizens
- Shame on Councilman Calsolaro, a leader in this city, who lacked the internal discipline to keep from getting caught up in the emotion and frenzy of those moments. When your department needed your leadership you were not there
- Shame on Councilman Konev and Councilman Freeman, who at every turn, seem so willing to distort the truth of any situation, no matter how tragic, and use it for the truth. Shame on you both for mattering so little to yourselves and your community that you have to create hate and further half-truths just to feel some sense of relevancy. The entire city has seen the content of your character and I pity you both. You have each failed in your positions as leaders. You have failed yourselves, your citizens and your police department.
There have been mixed reactions within the community since Krokoff's remarks Thursday night.
"He spoke from his heart and said what he had to say and were gonna move on." Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings told CBS 6. Councilman Konev said that the chief's comments were "distasteful and name calling."
Councilman Freeman says he will continue to ask for an independent investigation of the police's actions, saying it's what people in his community want.
(H/T: Fox News Nation)