There's a new independent report out on Albany's Police Chief, Steven Krokoff, analyzing how well his police department works with the African American community. The report is partially positive, but YNN's Geoff Redick joined us outside police headquarters with word on some of the not so good parts as well.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's a new report out Thursday from Albany's Center for Law and Justice and it deals with how Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff has handled relations with the African American community. The report indicates Chief Krokoff is doing a respectable job, but the center says more needs to be done.
The report calls for police to work with community members to identify problems. The report says Chief Krokoff has laid the foundation for that policy but now needs to implement it better.
There are several other broad recommendations included in the report. Several branch off into the police department as a whole. Two of them deal with the department's policy on racial profiling of suspects and then how those suspects are suppose to be treated during an investigation and arrest.
"Racial profiling has not been eliminated. I think the department has developed a policy but the problem is it has not been communicated to the community. Racial profiling certainly exists," said Alice Green, Center for Law and Justice Director.
"Many of the complaints that we hear are those that Dr. Green mentioned. Disrespect, not treated with respect. Not often challenging what the person may have been stopped for but the way they were treated by the police," said Anthony Potenza, Citizens Police Review Board.
The report also calls for all video and audio equipment carried by officers to be in working order and deployed properly. The report says this will allow residents to be assured that their encounters with police are conducted in a lawful and respectful manner.