Weekend juvenile brawl broken up

ALBANY — Reports of possible gunfire late Saturday led officers to a large crowd of juveniles fighting. Two teens had to be Tased or pepper-sprayed at the scene, officials with the Albany Police Department said.

Reports show that officers responded to 1822 Palmyra Road at 11 p.m. Saturday after gunfire in the area was reported. Officers came to the scene to find what was described as a large crowd of juveniles fighting, a commotion which they were attempting to break up.

The situation eventually compelled officers to Taser a 16-year-old male after he became combative with officers, and to pepper-spray a 15-year-old female after she refused to stop fighting another juvenile, said Phyllis Banks, APD spokeswoman.

The 16-year-old male was treated for the removal of the Taser prongs, while the 15-year-old female was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians for the pepper spray exposure.

No other injuries as a result of the incident were reported, Banks said.


waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Just how many arrests came about from this altercation? If your using a Taser and Pepper Spray, someone needs to be in youth detention, and not just released to their parents. If it even went that far.


guardian 2 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, the police do not determine who is placed in RYDC; that's left up to the intake officer at that facility. Because of limited space and overcrowding, it is highly unlikely that they would authorize detention just for fighting. Sad, but true.


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