ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Community activists held a rally to call for action in the death of Dontay Ivy.
Ivy’s sister Aneisha Johnson was among those speaking about her brother’s passing.
“I used to walk with him at night in fear that someone in the streets would bother him cause of his condition,” she said. “But I never would’ve thought someone meant to protect him would hurt him.”
Police released video evidence from the night Ivy died on October 30.
Ivy Family friend Tre’ Staton said he’s replayed the surveillance video several times. He said justice for Ivy is a chance to rebuild the mistrust that is growing between the community and police.
“Bridge a level of trust with community who are very adamant that injustice was performed,” he said.
Many Common Council members said they are troubled over the community’s concerns. Though they said they cannot legally overturn a grand jury decision, they will try and determine what they can do.
“Looking at what is in the resolution that falls within our legal purview, there are many items in there,” council member Judd Krasher said. “But the message was loud and clear tonight that people want change in how the Albany Police Department functions.”
The resolution also called for the end of Tasers used by Albany officers. Council members said the Tasing policy is something they can look into.