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Pair charged after St. Patrick's Parade brawl

Posted at: 03/18/2013 11:57 AM
Updated at: 03/18/2013 5:36 PM
By: Andrew Murphy

ALBANY - Police say they arrested two people after a fight broke out after the St. Patrick's Day parade Downtown.

Police say 19-year-old Clint Junco of Delmar was arrested, along with 17-year-old Najee Bennett of Bethlehem.

The fight broke out around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Washington and Swan.

Police say Junco lunged at and punched an on-duty officer in the face.

Junco was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Bennett faces a disorderly conduct charge.

"That group for whatever reason decided they weren't going to leave and they engaged in that kind of behavior," said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.

Chief Krokoff says the crowd dispersed shortly after police arrived at the scene.

"A few of them paid the price by getting arrested and the others unfortunately will have to pay the price by forever being memorialized on the internet acting like fools," said Chief Krokoff.

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings called the incident upsetting.

"It's unfortunate that we have to arrest two young kids, 17 and 18, for inappropriate behavior but we're not going to tolerate it," Mayor Jennings said. "It's a family affair. We want people to respect each other and not create incidents like that."

The incident is reminiscent of St. Patrick's weekend two years ago when the "Kegs and Eggs" house parties on Hudson Avenue erupted into riots.

Six people were arrested.

But Mayor Jennings says what happened on Saturday and 2011's riots aren't part of a broader pattern.

"It hasn't been a chronic issue. It was a chronic issue two years ago. Last year, we had a good parade. This year, we had two people act up and they were held accountable," Mayor Jennings said.