Updated 03/18/2013 03:36 PM
Two teens arrested after Albany fight
A pair of teens were arrested after a large fight in downtown Albany just after the St. Patrick's Day parade. Innae Park has more from Albany.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- “It’s fun. The drums, the horses, kids have a good time. That's what St. Patty's day is about,” said Albany resident Marie Conti.
But that wasn't the aim of these youth who were taped as they fought one another Saturday. It happened soon after the St. Patrick's Day parade ended, at about 4 p.m., according to police.
“A few of them paid the price by being arrested and a few others will pay the price of being forever immortalized on the internet,” Albany Police Chief Steve Krokoff said.
The two facing disorderly conduct charges are Clint Junco, 18, of Delmar, and Najee Bennett, 17, of Bethlehem. Junco was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. Police say he hit an officer in the face with his fist.
“We're not gonna tolerate any behavior that doesn't involve in what we call a family day here,” Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings said.
But are St. Patrick’s Day celebrations a family friendly event? The notorious "kegs and eggs" riot was just two years ago, though not at the parade site.
Krokoff said, “There is no comparison between the two. This is a bunch of adolescents acting like fools.”
Since then, changes have been made.
“We actually now disperse resources from the parade into the various neighborhoods where we know people congregate and it's had a tremendous effect on after parade issues,” Krokoff said.
And many are also on board to keep this annual tradition a mainstay.
“Albany is a great city. Been here my whole life. There's crime, but that involves people that are looking for the crime,” Conti said.
“It's a team effort and if they aren't a part of the team, we'll deal with it,” Mayor Jennings said.