Lloyd police chief worries about harassment of officers in his town, elsewhere in Ulster County

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“We have had a few incidents of disturbing behavior here at a couple of officers’ houses,” Chief James Janso said. ”While the intentions … are unknown, that’s a bit scary.”

Without providing specifics, Janso said there have been incidents of people driving by an officer’s home, stopping to intimidate family members, and parking near an officer’s house to videotape the house and its occupants.

The chief said there have been about three such incidents in Lloyd and two or three elsewhere in the county, and that law-enforcement agencies across the area have be...n made aware of the situation.

Police across the U.S. country have been drawing blowback in the wake of numerous incidents of Black people being killed or injured by white officers. Tempers have been running especially high since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for near nine minutes.

Janso, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, said officers in the Lloyd Police Department are committed to being a part of the community and that “the politicians need to publicly show their support for the police rather than just doing it behind closed doors.”

Janso noted that with recent changes to New York state laws, it’s fairly easy for members of the public to obtain police personnel records, and that the information in those records can be used as a basis for harassment “or even worse.”

The chief said his officers now drive past their colleagues’ homes twice per shift to ensure nothing is amiss.

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