SCHENECTADY – A Rotterdam resident has been charged in connection with a glass-paneled door broken at the Schenectady police station during a protest last month, police said Tuesday morning.
Jayme L. Laing, 20, of Rotterdam, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, police said. Laing surrendered to police Monday, police said.
Laing is accused of breaking the glass panel during the protest April 13. The cost to fix the door exceeded $250, the damage amount threshold for the third-degree criminal mischief charge.
“On that date, at approximately 11 p.m. several protesters entered the front vestibule at 531 Liberty Street and began kicking the glass doors causing one to break,” police said in a release.
Laing was arraigned and released to return to court later, police said.
The charge against Laing follows charges against at least two others related to chalk defacing of the Schenectady police station during the same protest, Mikayla Foster, 22, and Nikiya Charles, 25, who is also known as Kasey Charles.
Foster and Charles were charged with third-degree criminal tampering, a misdemeanor, related to the chalk.
After Foster’s arrest in the chalking, Foster questioned the charge, saying the chalk was water-soluble and was removed from the building within eight minutes of writing it.
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The protest in Schenectady on April 13, as well as the Albany protest that started the next day, were over the police shooting death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in Minnesota.
During the April 13 protest, in addition to the chalking, the glass panel on the door at the Schenectady station was broken. Some of the messages said, “We won’t forget,” “Stop killing us,” “Blood is on your hands,” “Cops and klan are hand-in-hand.”
Police reacted to the incident by adding fencing around the front entrance of the station, leaving a walkway for people to enter.