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Protesters occupy entrance to Tompkins Courthouse, demand charges against Rose DeGroat dropped

Just below the steps of the Tompkins County Courthouse on Friday afternoon, about 150 people gathered to protest the felony charges Rose DeGroat, 23, of Ithaca, faces.

Since the charges were brought in April, members of the public have protested the charges brought by the Ithaca Police Department and put pressure on District Attorney Matthew Van Houten to drop all charges. On Friday, at a demonstration in front of the courthouse, protesters made their demands clear: Van Houten must drop all charges against DeGroat and the City of Ithaca must hold police accountable for damages experienced by Cadji Ferguson and DeGroat in relation to the April 6 incident on The Commons.

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