The Albany Police Department on Thursday arrested a number of people after officers disbanded an encampment in front of a police precinct.
Eight people were apprehended for charges of second-degree rioting, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of governmental administration. Chief Eric Hawkins referred to the gathering as an “unlawful occupation” and said “public safety” concerns from residents have led his department to take down the organized protest.
“For several days, protesters have occupied the roadway in front of the South Station,” he wrote. “The Albany Police Department, in efforts to support the freedom of expression and to de-escalate a tense situation, did not interfere with