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    I realize I have already commented here (and hopefully to good effect).

    But I have a concern, about the title.

    As I understand, the police did not strictly "refuse" to arrest the protesters. Rather, more accurate would be the chief of police of the city of Albany is simply demonstrating that the city police don't just "take orders" from the mayor or from the Governor.

    Governor Cuomo and Mayor Jennings ordered state and local police to enforce a curfew

    I. e., the municipality of the city of Albany are not identical with nor it is controlled by the Governor of the state, no matter the alleged buddy-buddy arrangement between the Governor and the mayor.

    The decision of the state police not to arrest would appear to be similar, but may not be. In fact it appears the state police are simply following their law which limits their jurisdiction to state property:

    But as the curfew neared, the group of protesters estimated at several hundred moved across an invisible line in the park from state land onto city property.

    Admittedly this comment in the report can be taken many ways, but I would use caution in interpretation, due to a lack of a specific attribution:

    he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

    I would suggest the diarist consider revising the title.

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 03:53:11 PM PDT

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