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Robert Schunk kicked off Albany police force

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former police officer Robert Schunk has been kicked off the Albany police force, following an arbitrator's ruling.

Schunk had been suspended for the last two years, following a series of legal problems while he was a member of the department. The latest came last month, when he was convicted of harassment charges stemming from a 2010 incident involving his ex-girlfriend. He was accused of going to his girlfriend;s home in Halfmoon, breaking down a bathroom door and punching and kicking her.

Schunk was also accused of shooting a robbery suspect back in 2008. The suspect survived and a grand jury ruled that it was an act of self defense.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, who prosecuted Schunk for the incident in Halfmoon, released a statement on Monday that reads in part: “After hearing Schunk's victim's testimony one can only conclude, as the arbitrator must have in the administrative hearing, that Schunk's conduct simply does not meet the high standards of professionalism and ethics of the Albany Police Department. 99.9% of the men and women on the police force do their jobs extremely well. They maintain the highest standards and are committed to their jobs; they are truly there to protect and serve the citizens of Albany.”

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