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Excessive force by Schenectady cops alleged

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A Schenectady woman has filed the precursor to a lawsuit against the city, alleging excessive force, harassment and other claims related to her January arrest. Lourdes Herrera, 46, filed a notice of claim with the city last month. It relates to accusations made against her Jan. 14 outside her Victory Avenue residence. The arrest complaint filed by police alleges Herrera intentionally got into her car to prevent a parking agent from having it towed for ...

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May 21, 2014
7 a.m.

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If there's visual evidence of what transpired between the police and Ms. Herrera, then its case closed depending what's on the video. I find it curious that that the police parked their car in front of the suspect to avoid a video recording from their dashboard camera. More than anyone, the police should know that in today's world of cellphones and security cameras, everything is under surveillance.

May 21, 2014
2:23 p.m.

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Correct officers should have parked behind and had video camera on, unless they are hiding something. The department needs a complete over haul ! Sorry but they have too many issues in that department.

May 21, 2014
6:22 p.m.

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Daily mentions some thing very important here! Ms. Herrera should have paid her parking fines. I will go one farther, if she would have bothered to get off of her gluteus maximus and paid those fines like the responsible citizen she should be which I can tell you she is not this whole incident she alleges would have need not taken place. Even if a small minuet part of this happened which others and myself who have been tied to law enforcement as our chosen careers I highly doubt it did happen the way Ms. Herrera states. Having been on numerous calls like this and knowing the type of person Ms. Herrera and people like her represents my vote says the officers were correct in their actions and Ms. Herrera was at fault. Ms. Herrera is just another Schenectadian pillar of society trying to receive a pay day without possessing gainful employment to earn that monetary gain...

May 21, 2014
8:14 p.m.

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The facts will come out.

I will say though that pulling in front of the car is not necessarily indicative of intentional wrongdoing. Officers might have been told she was trying to leave the scene, if so, pulling in front of her vehicle to block her exit would be logical. So, the accusations of wrongdoing and necessity for an overhaul are premature.

I also have no idea what kind of person Ms. Herrera is or the people "she represents". At any rate, I'm confident the facts will come out.