ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A rally was held Friday night to find justice for the man who died while in police custody.
“You can paint it like a sunshine or sun ray, but you murdered Dontay,” Ivy’s aunt Celinda Okwuosa said.
The family of the 39-year old and dozens of protesters voiced their anger changing “no justice, no peace.”
Protesters claimed Albany police racially profiled Ivy and used excessive force. Police released video of the incident on Friday. It showed Ivy running from police and being Tased at least six times.
Police said they thought Ivy had a gun, but he did not. Authorities said Ivy became aggressive.
Protester Rosy Galvan believes police did not handle the situation correctly, but police said they did not know Ivy suffered from mental illness.
“To think about someone’s mental state in that moment, of course, he was terrified and may not have acted the way they thought was appropriate,” she said.
Protesters took it a step further. They blocked the road at Henry Johnson Boulevard in the name of Ivy.
The group continued on as they marched from the police department to Second Avenue and Lark Street where Ivy died following the altercation with police.
The group that rallied said they are not done and plan to do the same Monday evening at Albany City Hall.