The Albany Times Union calculated that the New York State Police were forced to spend nearly $100,000 on overtime pay for troopers, to essentially run a baby sitting service for Occupy Albany protesters. The report came about through a FOIA request and an estimation of the average cost of an hour of overtime in the department.
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico explains that he was unwilling to compromise the safety of other areas by pulling officers over to the state-controlled Lafayette Park, where protesters were intentionally seeking arrest by remaining past curfew.
Amusingly, one of the movement’s more prominent protesters, Bradley Russell, a local professor at the college of St. Rose and the State University of New York, feigned disbelief and predictably placed the blame on the police:
“Holy cow,” said Bradley Russell, 40, an anthropology professor who led protesters to tempt arrest in Lafayette Park. “As the vast majority of any arrests that came from any of our actions inside or outside the Capitol were dismissed, the entire police effort amounted to the governor trying to stifle our First Amendment rights, and that was clearly a massive waste of taxpayer dollars.”
The charges were dismissed for no other reason than David Soares, Albany County District Attorney, acted purely in the interest of politics as opposed to upholding the law, stating that he would not prosecute the protesters.
Albany County Republican Chairman Don Clarey explains that Soares is the crux of the problem:
“Soares is the root of the problem, because he refused to enforce the law he swore to uphold. It was catch and release, so the State Police had to protect state property at the behest of the governor. The state should make David Soares pay the overtime.”
The Occupy Albany movement simply went out of their way to get arrested, violating curfew on state property and knowing full-well that the DA would not prosecute them for trespassing and disorderly conduct- as he should have.
Even the Times Union acknowledged that the protesters “could have held drum circles to their hearts’ content in Academy Park” where they were undisturbed for over two months, but instead went to Lafayette Park, “daring the police to arrest them”.
Bottom line, the police did what they had to do to babysit a group of petulant media whores, while DA David Soares enabled the troublemakers by refusing to do his job.
Thus far, the DA’s office has no comment.
Welcome Big Government readers…
I’d like to introduce everyone to my new favorite police chief in the entire country, Steven Krokoff of the Albany Police Department.
Krokoff was recently summoned before the Albany Common Council to explain his department’s actions during the Dec. 22 showdown between police and Occupy Albany protesters in Academy Park. Apparently the council is no fan of allowing police officers the ability to defend themselves in the line of duty.
The following is one of the most epic verbal a** kicking’s that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
Courtesy of the Times Union:
Krokoff aimed his most scathing words at two council members in particular, Anton Konev and Lester Freeman, who have been vocal critics of the department in the wake of both incidents — Konev as a staunch supporter of Occupy Albany and Freeman as the representative of the South End.
“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 their own personal gain,” Krokoff said.
“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. This entire city has seen the content of your character, and I pity you both.”
Kudos to Chief Krokoff for showing the community that at least one man is unwilling to play political games with his officer’s lives, just for the sake of placating attention-seeking degenerates. He is the anti-David Soares.
Incidentally, I e-mailed the Times Union earlier this week to ask if they thought it pertinent information that some members of the Common Council that are criticizing the Albany police, were vociferously participating in the Occupy Albany assembly.
Shockingly, I have yet to hear back from them.
Photo Courtesy of the Times Union
Occupy Albany Threatening, Harassing Police Officer’s Family (Use Wanted Poster With Map to His Home)
Looks like the dredges of the earth, er, I mean, Occupy Albany is back at it again. Last week we saw them offering up their children as human shields to defend against pepper spray.
Then, they were seen causing nearly $30,000 in damage to a holiday lights display in the park.
And now they’re threatening and harassing a police officer who had the audacity to defend himself during the Occupy Albany eviction.
Via the Times Union:
Police are taking steps to protect an Albany police officer whose family has received threats after he was publicly identified for using pepper spray to quell Occupy Albany protesters last week.
A “wanted” poster seeking information including the home address, telephone numbers and “map to home” of Officer Richard Gorleski was posted Wednesday on a Facebook page used by Occupy Albany.
Of course, being the Mensa candidates that they all are, the protestors can’t even harass people successfully:
Gorleski’s address and telephone numbers are not publicly listed. But Gorleski’s father, a Troy resident who has the same first name as his son, began receiving unsettling telephone calls from blocked numbers this week. Troy police said they have taken measures to keep watch on the residence.
“We have, in fact, been in contact with Officer Gorleski about his concerns, and they will be our utmost priority,” said Troy police Capt. John Cooney. “We are aware of Rich’s concerns, and we’re going to take it very seriously and maintain a safe environment for his family, as we would for any person in that position.”
What has raised the ire of the Occupiers?
Gorleski used pepper spray when, according to police officials, the crowd grew unruly and converged on Gorleski and his horse.
Apparently self defense is frowned upon by the 99%.
At this point, Occupy Albany has slowly graduated from trespassing, to vandalism, and now to harassment.
Why wouldn’t they really?
District Attorney, David Soares, has made it clear that prosecuting crimes is not a priority of his when it comes to politcally charged cases such as Occupy Albany. Soares is an enabler who has empowered himself to pick and choose which laws people should adhere to based on his own personal opinions.
Now the Albany police force will have to pay for the spinelessness of the DA.
Hopefully it won’t end violently.