Schenectady Mayor Considers Martial Law Over Police Woes
Thu, 19 Mar 2009




In wake of a local police scandal, Mayor of the New York town of Schenectady, Brian Stratton, stated that a brief period of “martial law” may be issued in order for law enforcement to start over.

In order for the measure to work, the state governor must declare it, followed shortly by National Guard and State Police forces stepping in to act as law enforcement.
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By Steve Ference
Republished from Capital News 9
N.Y. town mayor cites martial law as option for dealing with police crisis

Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said, “This is unprecedented – all these officers getting in trouble at the same time for all these different reasons.

Five Schenectady police officers recently accused of everything from driving drunk to beating up a man are leading city officials to look at taking drastic action to fix a department tainted by the few who may have acted illegally, like Darren Lawrence and Michael Brown who are accused of driving while intoxicated.

Chief Chaires said, “Those two officers, we’re definitely going to seek termination, and we’re not ruling it out with any of the officers who are out there.

Police Chief Mark Chaires told us you basically have to fire yourself – essentially a million dollar fine in lost benefits over a lifetime.
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