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Albany police clerk seeks $35 million

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Shirley Morton, a clerical worker for the Albany Police Department, has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the department and the city, claiming Sgt. Kevin McKenna abused her for years and even pointed a loaded handgun at her.

Morton claims McKenna subjected her to sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact and verbal abuse for 12 years. When she complained, the lawsuit alleges, the department failed to investigate or respond.

This past January, co-workers and others said McKenna was handling a revolver belonging to Sgt. Peter Noonan when he pointed it at Morton’s head. Noonan warned McKenna to be careful because the gun was loaded, but McKenna lifted the weapon and pointed it at her a second time, a witness said.

McKenna was suspended two weeks later and indicted on a misdemeanor menacing charge. The department is investigating.

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