• County Exec. Steve McLaughlin claims ‘paid agitators’ were in Troy
    In an interview with radio reporter Darrell Camp, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, without evidence, alleged that protesters outside Mayor Patrick Madden’s residence on Thursday were compensated for their actions. McLaughlin characterized members of the crowd to TALK 1300 as angry, ignorant, “screaming banshees” and guessed that “probably 80 to 90 percent of them were
  • Fmr. DA Joel Abelove cleared on perjury, shooting probe corruption
    “Fuck this shit,” Amani Olugbala, an activist with Troy 4 Black Lives, enraged by the results of a trial more than four years in the making are taking to the streets. Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been acquitted by a grand jury on three charges related to the allegedly mishandled police shooting
  • GALLERY: Protesters await Joe Abelove verdict in perjury, cover-up case
    Vehicles honked at a cluster of protesters, waiting for outside Rensselaer County Courthouse for word on the fate of a former District Attorney accused of lying and covering up evidence in the investigation of an infamous police shooting investigation in Troy. Abelove has been charged with official misconduct and perjury. The ex-official allegedly obstructed then-Attorney
  • Rensselaer County’s brand of ‘annoyance law’ riles BLM activists
    Community activists are outraged by a new law passed 17-2 by the Rensselaer County Legislature on Tuesday that was “designed to provide additional protections to first responders as they perform their duties.” The law declares it a violation to be punished with up to 15 days in jail and a $1,000 fine to harass, annoy,
  • Digital archive afoot to chronicle media fallout of Edson Thevenin case
    A group of Troy activists seek to challenge the City of Troy’s telling of a police killing four years ago by cataloging media reports from the case on one website.  Launched in July, JusticeForEdson.com includes a timeline of news stories over the last two years regarding the alleged cover-up of 37-year-old Edson Thevenin’s slaying by