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The Year in Pictures 2004 - Police

All Eyes on the APD

(clockwise from top left) 2004 started on a tragic note, with mourning for David Scaringe, who was shot and killed by Albany police on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve as he passed by a standoff on Lark Street between police and a man who had fled a traffic stop; (l-r) Albany Police Chief Robert Wolfgang and Public Safety Commissioner John C. Nielsen took a lot of heat early in the year over the death of Scaringe, the firing of Cmdr. Christian D’Alessandro, and questions about overtime and the use of seized-asset funds. Both men left their positions in the spring, saying it had nothing to do with the controversies; in mid-February, Albany also lost Lt. John Finn, who had been shot while chasing a suspect just before Christmas last year. Finn was universally loved and respected, and his death was particularly hard on his fellow officers, who had kept a rotating vigil at the hospital since he was shot; popular APD Cmdr. Christian D’Alessandro was fired in January, kicking up a storm of protest from members of the communities he had been serving; on June 15, members of Arbor Hill’s Community Accountability Board (Charles LeCourt, Bill Paine, Barbara Smith, and Victor Collier pictured, l-r), which worked with quality-of-life offenders, announced the board’s collective resignation after DA Paul Clyne fired community prosecutor David Soares; then-Ten Broeck Triangle resident Helen Black was one of a group who appeared monthly at Albany’s Common Council for the first half of the year to appeal to the council to look into the matter of D’Alessandro’s firing and other police administration issues.


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