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Churchill: Police body cameras recorded an ugly truth

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Lee Childs was standing behind a West Hill door when an officer kicked it in. Two officers then grabbed Childs, dragged him through the door to a small enclosed porch, where they kicked and beat him.

Police then had the gall to accuse Childs of inciting a riot, among other charges.

Armando Sanchez was walking away from the house at 523 First St. when he was shoved in the back by an officer. When Sanchez tried to get up, the officer hit him with a baton and proceeded to beat him in the middle of the road.

Sanchez was also accused of inciting a riot, among other charges.

Not long ago, the bogus charges would have stood. If Sanchez and Childs had disputed them, well, it was their word against police — and who was anybody going to believe?

Now, things are different. Albany police wear body cameras. And on Wednesday, in a city courtroom, we saw the ugly truth. We saw the video. If you have also seen it by now, you know it's terrible.

Sanchez, Childs and Mario Gorostiza, a third man who faced trumped-up charges, were not the aggressors on March 16. Police were. Worse, several officers, responding only to a noise complaint, acted with appalling brutality.


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