Many Syracuse cops to skip St. Patrick’s Parade over brewing tension with new chief

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Many Syracuse cops will be noticeably absent during the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration this weekend.

Officers in the Syracuse Police Department are refusing to march in the annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, citing tensions with the newly hired chief, Kenton Buckner.

It’s the most outwardly visible sign yet of discord between new department brass and the rank-and-file, and a public display of the challenges an out-of-town chief faces as he tries to overhaul an institution notoriously averse to change.

In an email to officers earlier this week, obtained by, Buckner said he was aware of officers’ plans not to march. He urged them to reconsider.

“The parade is not solely about…

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