SARATOGA SPRINGS – Police on Monday published video of a crash involving a motorcyclist after a social media post suggested an unidentified Black man who was injured in the incident had been harmed by local authorities.
The 21-second video clip posted on the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s Facebook page showed a motorcyclist appearing to speed through an intersection into a car that had just turned onto Church Street on June 24.
A Facebook post by a woman on Saturday showed photographs of the man’s head injuries, with the caption: “Saratoga police, we want answers now.”
In a statement, police Chief Shane Crooks responded:
“This incident was captured on video by one of the many surveillance cameras in our downtown district. In order to be as transparent as is permitted at this time, we are releasing a video clip of the accident that this person was involved in on our department Facebook page. Officers responded to the scene and rendered aid until the Saratoga Springs Fire Department arrived on scene. At no time during this incident was force used by the Saratoga Springs Police Department.
View the video on Facebook – Police note that viewer discretion is advised.
Joan Moore, the woman who posted the photos of the injured man on Facebook, did not respond to a message left Monday.
The post and response comes shortly after authorities promised to increase police presence downtown, after saying gangs with connections to Albany were involved in a large brawl that broke out on Caroline Street. The fight, which occurred June 26 and involved 15 to 20 people, resulted in a stabbing and gunshots were fired.