Updated 01/03/2012 08:09 PM
Leaked police bulletins cause community backlash
After a young man was shot by police during a traffic stop in Albany Thursday and the community reacted angrily when meeting authorities, there is another twist that could make the already strained relationship between the community and the police even worse. Innae Park reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- An unexpected twist has led to even further strains between the public and police. An unknown source has leaked two confidential police documents put together by the Albany County Crime Analysis Center. They were supposed to be for police officers’ eyes only, but now that the public has been made aware, there has been a backlash.
“Now the young people are saying, ‘Why do we even need to talk if they're going to send out these list and take us down anyway?’” community activist Jamel Muhammad said.
That list is one of two confidential police bulletins leaked to a local news station after Nahcream Moore was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop Thursday night.
“That information should not have been out in the public. Whoever put that out there did it irresponsibly,” said Albany Police spokesperson James Miller.
Miller says one showed Moore's alleged involvement with a home invasion on Alexander Street the night before he was shot. The other bulletin carried a warning.
“It identifies a number of people who are gang-associated or friends with the suspect,” Miller said. “But there's nothing specific saying that there's one individual or this group of people or this gang, are looking to retaliate. It's just that officers should be aware there's a potential for retaliation and it's based on particular info that has come in through the Center.”
However, that's not the message area youth have received, according to Muhammad.
“Many of them have expressed, ‘I feel like they've put a target on my back. They've set me up to be terminated,’” Muhammad said.
Residents and those who knew Moore have already expressed their outrage at his death and this only adds fire to their fury. But Muhammad says there is still hope, as he's seen progress in the few days since the shooting.
“We're dedicated to the process of moving forward and the young people do trust us and they'll work with us. So it'll just have to take a little more effort,” Muhammad said.
The community is planning another public meeting Wednesday night at St. John’s Church of God on Herkimer Street at 6 p.m.
An internal investigation into the officer-involved shooting is underway. Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced he will be holding a media conference Wednesday morning regarding the incident.