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City responds to officer-involved shootings

The city of Albany has reacted to the recent officer-involved shootings (Source: WALB) The city of Albany has reacted to the recent officer-involved shootings (Source: WALB)
The police chief wants to keep the city safe (Source: WALB) The police chief wants to keep the city safe (Source: WALB)
Residents notice the problems between citizens and law enforcement (Source: WALB) Residents notice the problems between citizens and law enforcement (Source: WALB)
Quaza Young (Source: WALB) Quaza Young (Source: WALB)
Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB) Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some people held demonstrations in Albany on Friday in response to recent deadly police violence. 

The city's police chief said his department constantly works to build good relationships with the community to prevent problems.

A simple, peaceful protest was held downtown.

Quaza Young just wants to stop the violence and remind citizens that all lives matter.

"We're just shining light on the importance of black lives. Not saying that all lives don't matter but seemingly we are an endangered species so we are trying to shine light and bring importance and value to us as people and as a nation," said Young.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said he's on the same page.

"We continue to have crimes around the county and the value of human life seems to be not as valued as we all want it to be," said Chief Persley.

Persley said his department works hard to resolve problems peacefully. He said community events the department puts together are crucial.

"They get to know the officers, they get to know the people that are sworn to protect them," said Chief Persley.

Young agrees that in Albany there a few problems between citizens and law enforcement.

"Almost everybody knows everybody so when you have a community like that you tend to find people that show more gratitude towards the police officers and other law enforcement officials," said Chief Persley.

Chief Persley assures people that if one of his officers has to use force against a suspect, it will be investigated fairly.

"Situations will occur, and if situations do occur, and we just ask that before people rush to judgement, that you give us the opportunity to find out the facts so that everyone will know what happened," said Chief Persley.

As far as protests, Young hopes they remain peaceful.

"Peace here and anywhere else. If there is any rallying any protesting any pulling over of any individual we don't want any violence happening for any reason," said Young.

Chief Persley said the attack on police in Dallas could have happened anywhere. He said he'll analyze what happened and make changes in his department if needed.

Chief Persley sent his condolences to all those affected by the attack on police in Dallas, as well as the families of the men killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Chief Persley wants people to know that the Albany Police Department will continue to band together to keep people safe. He said officers have a job to do, and he hopes everyone will cooperate to stop the violence and keep the peace in Albany.

"We are asking for peace within the community. Not just in the police department, but peace overall and with everyone.We just want everyone to understand that for law enforcement, our job is to be the guardians of the peace," said Chief Persley.

Chief Persley said the department has planned ahead and has a protocol if officers who are involved in violence with suspects. He said if the police department needs to make changes, then they will.

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