Man arrested at rally with armed group

Noah Latham speaks to the Jefferson County Board on March 3. Watertown Daily Times

FORT DRUM — The Fort Drum soldier charged with carrying a “ghost gun” at a Black Lives Matter protest in June in Troy has left the Army.

A Fort Drum official confirmed Noah Latham, 22, is no longer in the Army, as of Aug. 31. Mr. Latham was “separated administratively” from the Army, the official said.

That means Mr. Latham’s departure was not punitive in nature and not at the result of a court martial, the Fort Drum official said. No other reason was given for the departure.

Mr. Latham was part of a group of seven other men at the rally, all dressed in military-style body armor and wearing bullet-proof vests. Some were carrying loaded firearms and two-way radios.

The Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office alleges Mr. Latham possessed a “ghost gun” on his waistband, which is a firearm often sent to buyers partially assembled for the buyer to acquire the parts to finish building it. It’s alleged Mr. Latham’s gun had no serial number, and he reportedly did not have a pistol permit license.

The rally was peaceful, according to the district attorney’s office. It remains unclear why they were at the protest.

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Melanie in WA

" It remains unclear why they were at the protest. " Really? REALLY!

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