Albany Common Council settles with Donald Ivy's family for $625K


"Money doesn't fix a human loss," said Albany Common Council Member Derek Johnson.

How do you put a price on someone's life?

Albany officials settled with family of Donald Ivy on $625,000.

"For me, it was sort of an insult," said Ivy's sister, Aneisha Johnson.

Ivy's sister says no amount would ever be enough to compensate their loss.

Three years ago, Ivy died after being tased by Albany police. The 39-year-old was unarmed when officers stopped him. He was battling mental illness and had a heart condition, but that's not how his family wants him to be remembered.

"One thing that I want to always come out when they talk about Dontay is that he was a college graduate. He was a heck of an athlete. And, if you talk to people who knew him, he was one of the kindest people that you could meet," Derek Johnson said.

Derek Johnson is Ivy's cousin.

He was the only council member to vote no Wednesday night on a decision to bond the $625,000.

A spokesman for the mayor said it will help the city cover the cost.

"Bonding for this action will allow the administration to avoid taking budget actions that will negatively impact city workers and city residents," Brian Shea said during public comment.

The vote ultimately passed, and Ivy's family will move forward.

But they say more than money, what they want and need is for the community conversation his death created, to continue.

"I definitely hope that they change the police policies and how they interact with people with issues, how they stop people, why they stop people, knowing who lives in the community," his sister said.

Back in 2015, the Albany County District Attorney did announce a grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing by the officers involved in Ivy's death.

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