Injured man's family demands federal probe

Posted at: 10/02/2013 12:06 AM
By: Dan Levy

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Angry and adamant protestors in Saratoga Springs cried out for justice for all victims of police abuse, but one in particular on Tuesday night.

Just over a month ago, Darryl Mount, Junior sustained life-threatening injuries after police say he fell from scaffolding while trying to elude them.

Mount, 21, remains in a coma, and even though Saratoga Springs Police maintain their officers were not responsible for his injuries, the young man's family continues to make it very clear, they have no intention of sitting around and accepting the police version.

Protest signs, a megaphone, and an angry point of view were on display outside Saratoga Springs city hall Tuesday night. After delivering their message on the street, demonstrators marched into the city council chamber, among them was Patty Jackson, Darryl Mount's mother.

"I will go to the ends of the earth for my child," Jackson told council members, "If you have a child and you have to watch what I watch every single day, it's disgusting."

Jackson wants the same thing that Polly Saunders, Mount's aunt, wants, an independent investigation.

"If (police) didn't do anything wrong, I'll be the first one to stand up here and apologize," Saunders promised the council members.

"You can not have your very own police officers investigating their own police officers without a biased decision," Jackson asserted.

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gregory Veitch, who attended Tuesday's city council meeting, reiterated what he's been saying since the incident occurred on Labor Day weekend, that he's not concerned about an outside investigation.

"At this point, there is no verifiable evidence that we have that doesn't support what the officers have said from the very beginning," Veitch stated, "and we're going to continue to say that and we'll continue to encourage anyone with information to come forward."

Meanwhile, Polly Saunders says she "believes there are witnesses," and they've been disposed by an attorney, although, saying they don't trust Saratoga Springs Police, she refused to provide any names.

She also says she and other family members have tried numerous times to contact the FBI.

"I would expect if (the FBI) had an investigation that they would contact us," Veitch said, "but at this point, no one has contacted us."