In the days following General Montgomery Day, social media was abuzz with comments about several reported incidents in the village. At last week’s Village Board meeting, Police Chief William Herlihy took the time to respond.
“I came across a couple of disturbing things,” Herlihy said after scouring the internet.
One of them was a description of a man wearing a white cape walking around the village in what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan garb.
After an investigation, it was determined that the cape had the marking of the Knights Templar, which, the chief noted has no affiliation with the KKK. (The Knights Templar was a medieval order of soldiers endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church during the time of the Crusades.)
Herlihy also said there was a report on the internet of racially intensive language used at the park after the Montgomery Day festivities had concluded.
“That’s atrocious speech,” Herlihy said. “It will not be tolerated.”
But, he said, police received no complaints about it.
Herlihy acknowledged receiving a complaint from parents who said their child was bullied, but denied that they were turned away when they came down to the police station to report the incident.
“We did not turn them away,” he said.
They were asked to wait, he said, explaining that no one was available at that time to take the complaint.
Rather than wait, however, the couple left the police station and returned the next day to file the complaint.
There was also a report of a fight in the park between two juvenile females, right before the start of the fireworks. That one, he said was true.
Village officials acknowledged that General Montgomery Day had fewer activities for young people this year, in large part because the company that provides the amusement rides that are normally in Veterans Park had canceled at the last minute.
“They stuck it to us this year,” Mayor Steve Brescia said. He said the village plans to find another ride company in time for next year’s festivities.