ALBANY — One woman was cited for disorderly conduct and a second woman was cited for interfering with an officer after a community event in south Albany had turned into a fight.
A police report narrative on file with the Albany Police Department states that an officer responded to the 1700 block of South Jackson Street at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday in reference to another officer requesting assistance in what became a crowd control situation for which extra units were kept en route.
The incident occurred during an annual Easter community event that organizers say attracts thousands to the celebration site where a school was once located.
The narrative states that a group of females was seen fighting and that the officer’s view was obstructed by the running crowd. The officer eventually got through the crowd and Samkibria Berry, 17, was seen attempting to break away from an unidentified female who was trying to reason with her, the report states.
The report also states that Berry continued to attempt to break away to fight and the officer gasped her hands, after which reports say Berry refused to calm down.
Berry was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. The identity of the female she was fighting is unknown.
The narrative says that the arrest was based on her behavior with the person who was trying to stop her from fighting, along with her attempts to fight after the officer asked her to calm down.
This behavior caused a large crowd to run toward the activity while unidentified people were yelling: “Fight, fight, fight,” the officer wrote in the narrative.
Once Berry had been handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car, a second female approached the car, visibly upset that her friend was in custody. She was asked to step away from the vehicle.
A moment later, the officer attempted to leave the area, the report stated. The second woman, who police identified as Lynnette Preston, also 17, was back at the officer’s window yelling, still angry about Berry being in custody, reports said.
The officer then handcuffed Preston for interfering with an officer. Both teens were transported to Berry’s home, where Preston’s mother was, and released.
The report did not elaborate on any injuries sustained by anyone during the incident.