A rally was held outside the State Capitol Wednesday to protest police brutality.
It was hosted by local advocacy group “All of Us,” in response to one of its members claiming they were attacked by state police during a different rally at the capitol one week ago.
It was last Wednesday that a pro-Trump rally was held in the East Capitol Park.
A fight broke out between rally-goers and counter-protestors, and two people were stabbed.
The suspect has been identified as Alexander Contompasis.
While State Police investigated and secured the crime scene, they say counter-protester Lexis Figuereo of Ballston Spa, reportedly stepped over crime scene tape and refused to leave. They say Figuereo physically resisted arrest, was subdued by Troopers, and taken into custody.
He is facing multiple charges including Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Assault, and Disorderly Conduct.
But Figuereo tells a different story.
At Wednesday’s rally, he accused the police of protecting the Proud Boys.
“Albany PD has banned knee holds. Schenectady PD has banned knee holds. Why are the state Troopers allowed to do knee holds right in the middle of Albany? They shouldn’t be. We need to hold them accountable.”
A State Police spokesperson confirms Figuereo’s facial injury and says he declined treatment at the scene.
They also said in part.
“We don’t have any definitive information that our trooper put a knee on anyone’s neck. The state police does not teach, practice or condone any technique in which sustained pressure is applied to the neck using the knee, foot or leg.”
Published at Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:57:58 +0000