A city woman startled by an Albany Police drill last month has started a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ban tactical training at public housing facilities.
Lauren Manning said city police conducted training with simulated ammunition, real tear gas, and flash grenades at her apartment complex without adequate warning at the Ida J. Yarbrough Homes. Manning’s petition asks the federal government to prohibit police training in public housing after learning of other similar incidents in Connecticut, Illinois, and Kentucky.
Manning said her 4-year-old daughter was home with a babysitter and witnessed the training, believing real bombs and gunfire were going off outside her home. She said the violent drill left the toddler shaken for days.
“When officers returned to clean up the fake blood and shell casings, Cheyenne began shaking and crying with fear at the sight of the officers,” she said.
Manning’s petition has garnered roughly 7,000 signatures so far. The petition is being delivered to Shaun Donovan, the secretary of HUD.
Manning’s petition can be found online at www.change.org/petitions/hud-ban-tactical-police-training-in-residential-properties.