Earlier this decade, a stunning number of Albany police officers were arrested on charges ranging from domestic violence to stealing a motorcycle victim’s wallet. Every month, it seemed, an APD officer’s jail mug shot was published.
In nearly all of those cases, the officer lost his or her job.
Then, the new Mayor Willie Adams-led City Commission hired a new city manager, Alfred Lott, who hired a new police chief, James Younger.
And everything changed.
Under the city’s new leadership, when a police officer committed a crime or violated policy, the deed often got swept under the rug. Even the police chief himself violated the law and his oath of office – which is a crime – without consequences. And in many cases, Younger’s officers not only weren’t charged with crimes they committed, they managed to keep their job.
One officer under Younger even lost her gun, lied about it, and only got a verbal reprimand. (She was fired after this newspaper exposed the shenanigans.)
As a result of media reports about Younger’s mismanagement, public pressure forced city commissioners to force Lott to force Younger to resign – but only after Lott gave Younger an unprecedented $40,000 check from Albany taxpayers to keep his mouth shut about his experiences working for the city.
Now, things have changed again.
Under new chief John Proctor, Albany police officers are getting arrested again when they commit crimes. And they are losing their jobs.
We applaud Proctor for evidently doing what we are paying him nearly $100,000 a year to do – enforcing the rules and law, no matter who is breaking them.