Approaching the fifth anniversary of a Saratoga Springs police chase that ended with injuries leading to the death of Darryl Mount — an incident that made area headlines while I was editor of The Saratogian — the Times Union on Aug. 26 published my story revealing the public was misled to believe family’s allegations of police misconduct had been formally investigated. Read the opening below and click on the link for the rest. Also, you can listen to this brief interview about the article taped Aug. 27 with Brian Shields on WAMC’s Midday Magazine. Here’s the story:
Five years ago this week, a 21-year-old black man running from police in downtown Saratoga Springs ended up near the bottom of a 19-foot-tall scaffold with injuries that left him in a coma. He never fully regained consciousness, and died nine months later.
The official account of Darryl Mount Jr.’s death holds that he fell from the scaffold while fleeing police. His family has maintained that the injuries he sustained around 3 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2013, were inflicted by police and not caused by an accidental fall.
They implored the city to authorize an outside investigation. Police Chief Gregory Veitch and then-Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen repeatedly dismissed the family’s request and declared that the department’s own investigation ruled out police misconduct.
But in a sworn deposition in a lawsuit brought by Mount’s mother, Veitch admitted that no internal investigation into misconduct was ever conducted.