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Police: Schenectady drug suspect struggles with police; Officer's body camera damaged

Police: Schenectady drug suspect struggles with police; Officer's body camera damaged

The incident happened early Wednesday, police say
Police: Schenectady drug suspect struggles with police; Officer's body camera damaged
Photographer: Gazette file photo

SCHENECTADY - A city drug suspect struggled with officers trying to arrest him early Wednesday and damaged an officer's body camera, authorities said.

The incident happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the area of Snowden Avenue and State Street, according to police allegations filed in court.

Kenneth Hampton, 28, of Elbert Street, is accused of possessing heroin and crack cocaine in the area of Snowden Avenue with intent to sell them, according to the allegations.

As officers attempted to take him into custody, Hampton is accused of fleeing with officers on foot. Officers soon caught up with him and took him into custody after a brief struggle, according to the police allegations.

He is accused of damaging the body camera of Officer Shaquille Hemerding. The camera got knocked off during the struggle and its lens scratched as it hit the pavement, according to the allegations. The camera was valued at $1,000.

City police have each been issued chest-mounted body cameras to wear while on duty. Police said last month that he roll out to all of the department's 110 uniformed officers then was nearly complete.

Hampton was also accused of having cocaine still on him in the police department intake area after his arrest, police allege.

Hampton faces two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies.

He also faces one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief related to the camera, resisting arrest and promoting prison contraband, misdemeanors.

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