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Wrongly accused Scotia shop owner files $5 million lawsuit

Donald Andrews, owner of DABB City Smoke Shop in Scotia, was falsely accused of selling drugs out of his establishment.
Donald Andrews, owner of DABB City Smoke Shop in Scotia, was falsely accused of selling drugs out of his establishment.
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The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department targeted a Scotia shop owner in a drug sting in part because of his race, according to allegations in a new multimillion dollar federal lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed recently by Donald Andrews, owner of the Dabb City Smoke Shop in Scotia. Andrews is black. Andrews, 25, was arrested and later cleared of drug sale charges last year after his shop surveillance camera system caught the undercover informant pulling drugs ...


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Will1960
April 17, 2014
10 a.m.

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What was the probable cause for doing the sting operation in the first place? At his sentencing, the informant, James Slater lamented that he was pressured by law enforcement to come up with more leads for them to make drug busts. I'm sure Attorney Luibrand will use that bit of information as a centerpiece for his lawsuit.
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Donald Andrews suffered from spending a weekend in jail, tarnishing his reputation in the community as well as revenue loss affecting his business. He deserves some compensation for this debacle. The Sheriff's department needs to be held accountable and include procedural change to prevent such blunders from occurring in the future. If the Sheriff's department had done their due diligence, this injustice would never have happened.

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