Albany Police won't discuss 'sleeping' photograph

Posted at: 03/25/2013 5:33 PM
Updated at: 03/25/2013 5:49 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - The Albany Police Department refused to answer questions about a controversial photograph that is making the rounds on the Internet.

The photo appears to show a uniformed officer sound asleep inside a patrol car in the daytime.

NewsChannel 13 spoke to the two young men who claimed they took the picture and posted it on Facebook.

From there, it went viral and was re-posted our WNYT Facebook page, where many of you asked us to check it out.  

The photo shows a man with his eyes closed and hands folded, in what appears to be a patrol car. He's wearing a badge and an Albany PD patch.

The Albany Police Department will not confirm that it's one of their officers.

But the two men said they took the picture on Arch Street near South Pearl Street, around two o'clock Saturday afternoon, after approaching the car to see if the officer was okay.

When they decided he was simply asleep, they snapped the picture on a cell phone, saying it bothered them, that an officer appeared to be asleep on the job.

"he has a job and a duty and he swore an oath. if you're going to mistreat it like that, that d--n, give me that job," Chris Disonell, a Cohoes resident.

"I don't want to get the man in trouble but it just shows that police officers can get away with a lot of things like talking on a cell phone like we're not supposed to do those types of things," said Ray Martell, an Altamont resident.

The two said they hoped their involvement wouldn't get them in trouble with police.

On Monday, a police spokesman would only say they are "working on it," but he still couldn't verify that the photo is of an officer or give his identity, or to say if he was on an approved break.

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings also would not comment.