Occupy Albany protesters in New York’s capital city received an unexpected ally over the week: The state and local authorities.
According to the Albany Times Union, New York state troopers and Albany police did not adhere to a curfew crackdown on protesters urged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings.
Mass arrests seemed to be in the cards once Jennings directed officers to enforce the curfew on roughly 700 protesters occupying the city owned park. But as state police joined the local cops, protesters moved past the property line dividing city and state land.
With protesters acting peacefully, local and state police agreed that low level arrests could cause a riot, so they decided instead to defy Cuomo and Jennings.
“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” a state official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”
This is such uplifting and welcome news after last night’s horrific events in Oakland. The Albany police have demonstrated why we must keep it peaceful. The police are the 99% - join us.
Between Andrew Cuomo trying to enforce a curfew on protesters and allowing for hydrofracking in New York State, it’s like he’s doing his damndest to make New Yorkers not like him again.
And besides, we’re talking about ALBANY here, where politicians love to hear the sound of their own fucking voice while doing shit for New Yorkers. So when it’s our turn to make our voices heard, we need to STFU?
Fuck that shit, Governor Cuomo.