Updated 01/06/2012 05:11 PM
Community leaders urge patience as investigations continue into death of Nahcream Moore
The Albany Police Department is finding some support in the South End neighborhood where Nahcream Moore was fatally shot during a struggle with two officers. Our Lori Chung has more on why some there are calling for patience with the investigation into the shooting.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I was the first one to call for a special investigation 30 years ago because I didn't have any faith or any trust in the police department."
But activist Alice Green said the Albany Police Department under Chief Steven Krokoff's leadership has been more inclusive than in years past, more of a partnership with the community.
That budding relationship has now been tested in the aftermath of the shooting-death of Nahcream Moore. The 19-year-old was shot by police on Dec. 29 after they said he pulled out a gun during a traffic stop.
"The police department and the district attorney's office can carry out satisfactory investigations," said Green.
While some have called for an independent investigation, Green and other leaders said they're taking recent community policing initiatives as a sign of good faith. They're now urging residents in Albany's South End to give the legal process a chance.
Green said, "If we find that the department failed in any kind of way, we're going to address that issue - but we have to go forward."
... and to use their outrage as a catalyst for productive change.
"It needs to come each and every time one of our children is lost," said activist Vivian Kornegay.
Tensions mounted during a press conference last week when residents and witnesses challenged Krokoff and the police account that Moore drew a gun on two officers before he was shot to death. The outcomes of separate investigations by the department and district attorney are still to come.
"We are reviewing footage, speaking with witnesses, and we should have a response from our grand jury in the not-too-distant future," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
While Green and others cited improved relations and transparency within the police department, they said there's still a long way to go toward improvement -- something they said is only possible with partners both in the department and in the community.