Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan responded to the incident after learning about it, saying, “That statement in and of itself can be construed no other way that being a racist statement that does not reflect the values of the Albany Police Department,” the Times Union reported.

Sheriff Craig Apple said he wanted to have a talk with the deputy in the video but his actions likely would not warrant discipline. In just the past month Haupt had completed the department’s racial diversity training and workshops. The district attorney’s office will review all cases involving Haupt and notify defense attorneys. Arrests he has made will also be reviewed for complaints.  If Haupt contests his termination, the arbitration process could take months, and he could continue to receive pay under the terms of the police union contract.