October trial set in wrongful death case of man who died in scaffold fall

A judge has set an Oct. 2 trial date in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man who fell from scaffolding in Saratoga Springs after being chased by police over a decade ago.

The family of Darryl Mount is suing over an incident that took place on Aug. 31, 2013. Police witnessed a confrontation between Mount and his girlfriend on Caroline Street. He shoved her head against the outside wall of a bar. Officers chased after him and when he didn’t stop, tried to shoot him with a Taser.

Then, Mount climbs over a fence of a construction site, and police lose him in the darkness. He later is found face down on the scaffolding. Mount survives but is confined to a wheelchair and subsequently dies in 2014.

His family have accused police of brutality over the death of their son, who is biracial.

The Times Union was first to report the trial date.

Mayor Ron Kim released a statement on the decision any summary judgment in the case and proceed to trial:

“Notwithstanding any appeal. I support going to trail as soon as possible. I understand there are other ways this could resolve but I feel using our jury system is the best way to finally put the case to rest and provide closure for the Mount Family and the City of Saratoga Springs. I hope Justice Buchannan will schedule a jury trial as soon as possible.”