Protesters call for change on anniversary of arrest in Saratoga

WNYT Staff
Created: September 01, 2020 12:43 PM

A candlelight memorial Monday night marked the anniversary of the arrest of Darryl Mount in Saratoga Springs.

Seven years ago, police in were chasing Mount after they say he assaulted a woman. Authorities say Mount tried to get away by jumping onto some scaffolding, but fell off. He later died from his injuries.


Organizers of the memorial want changes to policing in Saratoga Springs and accountability from city leaders.

"They want to tell us he fell from a scaffolding when he’s got bumps and bruises and bleeding and scrapes," said Jermaine Hammond. "That’s not an accident. That’s not an accident. We know people know what happened we just want answers. We just want justice."

"We want the police to be defunded, meaning taking certain funds away from Saratoga Police Department and putting it into the community. Homelessness, low-income housing," said Lexis Figuereo. “I’m going to continue being out here and there will be no justice until I get peace."

The group also wants a civilian review board to be created.

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