Albany Police refused to enforce a curfew by Albany Mayor, Gerald Jennings andÂ Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Amongst the protesters were families with children and elderly persons who in the eyes of Albany Police and State Troopers were not committing serious acts of trespass and this low level of offence was according to Times Union the reason that orders by the Governor and Mayor were disobeyed.
On State Police spokesperson said:
"We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,"
"We don't have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,"
"The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor."
David Soares who is Albany County District Attorney said:
Our official policy with peaceful protesters is that unless there is property damage or injuries to law enforcement, we don't prosecute people protesting,"
"If law enforcement engaged in a pre-emptive strike and started arresting people I believe it would lead to calamitous results, and the people protesting so far are peaceful."
One can conclude that the years of trust developed between the Albany Police and the community was being put in direct jeopardy by the requests ofÂ bot Mayor and Governor and at some point the Police will have questioned who it is they serve to protect.
Over the past few months I have spoken to many Police Officers (Mainly in the UK) who are thinking of leaving the Police force not just because of funding cuts (i.e. In the UK the cuts in Police pensions) but also because the orders they are being told to enforce fall short of their own personal moral outlays.