ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany police chief released surveillance video from the night Donald “Dontay” Ivy died after a confrontation with officers.
Cox said his officers stopped Ivy because they thought he might be concealing a weapon.
“They noticed that he had his left arm tucked up into his sleeve,” he said. “’Walking heavy’ is a term that means concealing a weapon.”
The chief said things went bad when officers tried to pat Ivy down. That’s when a struggle began and the officers fired a Taser once, but it didn’t work. Cox said security video taken from a school shows Ivy running from police.
Ivy was Tasered six more times. Cox said the final two stopped Ivy.
Backup officers arrived, and Cox said dashboard camera video showed the initial officers struggling with Ivy. He said Ivy kicked at officers, and they responded twice by striking Ivy on the lower part of his body with a baton. Its moments later they realize Ivy wasn’t moving.
The medical examiner said Ivy’s heart gave out due to the stress of the entire event, and the Taser was a contributing factor but not what killed him.
“I have a responsibility to this city to not have this kind of information out there that’s not true,” Cox said.
The chief said he met with Ivy’s family several times and has offered his condolences. The mother of his son gave the city notice that she intends to file a lawsuit.