Two men facing allegations they participated in the violent riots in Albany on May 30 were arraigned in Albany County Court on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Albany County District Attorney.
Dwight Parker, 39, of Troy, faces multiple felony charges of attempted assault of a police officer, arson, rioting and criminal mischief after he allegedly lit and threw a Molotov cocktail at four Albany police officers on horseback. The grand jury indictment against Parker also accuses him of setting fire to a tractor-trailer that same night.
Parker pleaded not guilty and remains in custody.
Ah-Juan Boyd, 25, of Albany, faces multiple felony charges of arson, attempted arson and criminal mischief after he allegedly assisted in the attempt to set fire to the tractor-trailer and for allegedly attempting to set fire to an Albany police vehicle on June 1. Boyd also pleaded not guilty and was released until further hearings.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares in a statement said “many well-intentioned peopled” peacefully demonstrated in Albany after news of George Floyd’s death but that some people took advantage and turned violent.
“Unfortuntately, several individuals made the decision to engage in violent and destructive behavior, which sadly undermined the sentiment of the peaceful gatherings earlier in the day,” Soares said in the statement.