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Saratoga mayor says Proud Boys violated law

Aug 09, 2023 12:57 am

Patrick Tine reports in the Times Union that Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino now says the racist Proud Boys who briefly marched in his town on April 5 violated city rules by having a parade without a permit. Montagnino also said they came from Troy. That's if you believe the “Uncle Sam’s Proud Boys” business card that one of the marcher's handed a police officer on Aug. 5. The Proud Boy with the business card told the police officer they were going somewhere else, and he watched them leave and alerted other law enforcement officers which way they were going. “There were no further issues with the group,” according to Montagnino's report. But Mayor Ron Kim said the report did not address the other laws the Proud Boys may have broken. Kim said, “There’s a clear part of the parades ordinance that prohibits masks.... This ordinance was passed in 2005. It wasn’t done recently or directed towards Proud Boys or anybody else.” He also suggested a noise ordinance could have been violated. "It’s clear they violated the law,” Kim said. Read more about this story in the Times Union.