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Two cited after altercation at south Albany Easter event

jennifer.parks@albanyherald.com

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.

Comments

VietVet1 2 years, 4 months ago

Ahh more of Albany's finest teens displaying what they were taught. From a man trying to put on a worthwhile event this is how they display their appreciation. For a free event they showed up in groves but did little to help with the clean up.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

A free escort home with no implications from their behavior. And what have we learned from this, class?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

It is sad that a fun day turned into a disaster. Since both girls were 17 they should have been hauled off to jail instead of released to their mothers. That would have made a better impression on the two. Next year, charging people a couple of bucks to get in and eat might deter some of the criminal element. Maybe?

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tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

And Jesus said, "I rose for this crap?"

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VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

Onjly in Albany could a fight break out on an easter event.

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tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

actually, macon cancelled some events because of adult altercations and kids getting trampled! So, only in albany or macon......

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VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

Well truthfully, this could happen anywhere, but definately no surprise it happened in Albany. :)

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Jacob 2 years, 4 months ago

which constitutents are directly responsible for voting in S. Bishop? LOL

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

Samkibria and her friend Lynnette might some personal problems. Loudly showing your emotional butts doesn't always work to get your way, young ladies.

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beartrap 2 years, 4 months ago

if you saw the mess left in that field,you would think this was Nairobi and a bunch of savages...now that i think about it,that's about what we got...a bunch of govt. supported savages with cell phones and weapons...

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Who finally cleaned up? Those causing the fight should have done it. My husband and I were eating at McDonalds and a birthday party put on by several parents was outside. Kids and cake and all the trimmings. After it was over for these black folks, they walked out the door and left it for the McDonalds employees to clean up. Left the hamburgers as well as other stuff not purchased at McDonalds and these MCDonald folks should not have had to clean it up. Folks to do exist for the trash of other lazy people. I also wondered where the fathers were for these two birthday girls. Most fathers attend these events.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Same group throws all their SH*T out the windows of their cars when they're through eating. Just check the sides of the roads.

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MRKIA 2 years, 4 months ago

YOU WON'T SEE ANY BEER CANS, THOSE ARE KEPT IN THE CAR OR A BIG PLASTIC BAG ON THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE. I'M NOT ANDY ROONEY BUT HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT POOR PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO PURCHASE VAST QUANTITES OF BEER? THE CANS ARE RECYCLED BETWEEN CHECK DAYS TO PURCHASE MORE BEER.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Beer.....cigarettes..........cell phones (pressed side the head EVERY WAKING MINUTE.......). The necessities of life for even the poorest of the poor. How can they afford it??

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tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

well, the gov't gives them cell phones and they trade their food stamps for cash to buy the cigs and brews.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

They should mandate Antabuse and whatever is its equivalent for marijuana, for welfare recipients. It might help them get out of their destructive cycle.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

They should have been taken to YDC and gone through the humiliation of strip searching every orifice and all their valuables put in a safe. Those Godly cell phones and the mothers should have let them have several days before bail. Those drama queens would not forget that. It might have taught them a lesson, now they will be heroes at school. I figured this was girls because they are the worst.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Preston seems to be the drama queen in this. She was not even in the fight and had to get her 2 cents worth in. She should have the very least been tased. That would have sent a big unforgettable message.

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