Protestors take to streets, Albany Police maintain peace

In April 2015, a mentally ill man was making his way home from the convenience store near downtown Albany, New York. Donald “Dontay” Ivy was stopped by police, and as the confrontation escalated, he was struck by batons and shocked repeatedly with a Taser. Ivy was handcuffed, and at some point, stopped breathing. He died later at a nearby hospital after police were unable to revive him.

In October, a grand jury found declined to charge the police officers involved in Ivy’s death. A day later, protestors, friends and family of Dontay Ivy, and supporters of the Black Lives MatterĀ  movement, took to the streets near Albany Police Headquarters.