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Petition started in Saratoga Springs for justice for Darryl Mount

November 20, 2018 11:16 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A petition is now circulating in Saratoga Springs. People are continuing to demand Justice for Darryl Mount Jr.’s family five years after he died.

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In August 2013 authorities were chasing after Mount after they say he assaulted a woman by banging her head into a wall. Police said Mount tried to elude them by jumping onto scaffolding, but he fell off. He later died from his injuries.

Mount’s family has blamed police for causing his injuries and filed a lawsuit. Tuesday night a rally was held for the start of the petition. The group is making three demands. They want an independent investigation into the actions of the Saratoga Springs Police Department in Mount’s case, a review of current policies and procedures and they want officers to undergo implicit bias training.

"I think a lot of people would look in their hearts and say well I’m not a racist, but there are ways in when you can have problematic assumptions and if you are licensed to carry and licensed to kill on behalf of the public, we want to make sure you're not harboring those biases,” said Andrew Bozio with the group Saratoga Democratic Socialists of America.

Some lifelong residents came forward Tuesday night saying they’ve seen a change in the police department over the past few years.

Last August the Times Union reported court documents showed Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch lied about conducting an internal investigation in Mount’s case. Documents show Veitch admitted he lied in an effort to stop a line of questioning from a reporter.

Chief Veitch released a statement in August saying no internal investigation was conducted because there was no indication that anything the officers did violated policies or the law.

At a Saratoga Springs City Council meeting Tuesday night people handed over the petition. Many are hoping the city use this opportunity build a stronger bond with the community.

The group also wants a civilian review board created. Right now they said the Commissioner of Public Safety is proposing a civilian advisory board. They said it differs in that the advisory board consists of only two people and those people won’t have the authority to make recommendations to the police department and make sure they follow through with them.

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