The Ithaca Police Union, known as the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) addressed problems they face at the common council. Among other things their thoughts on the mayor’s support of the department. The Ithaca PBA spoke directly and frankly to the common council, with one member saying it was “honest and raw”.
The PBA president and his wife addresses several issues including the city and mayor’s response to an incident in April. That incident may have been cleared up from a judicial stand point but talk as to the way it was handled continued.
“By involving himself in this proceeding for what we argued to be political reasons, he has signaled to the community that it’s okay to assault our members.” said PBA president, Eric Doane.
The aforementioned incident happened on April 6th downtown on the Ithaca commons. Just yards away from city hall. An Ithaca woman was alleged to have gotten into an altercation with the Ithaca Police department. The altercation stemmed after police responded to a physical altercation between her friend and another man. While officers were trying to take control of the situation, it was alleged that the woman struck an officer. One officer even sustained a scratch. Recently however, assault charges against the woman were dropped. The PBA president argued the city pushed for the case to be dropped and not supporting the police department; potentially setting up a dangerous precedent.
“The PBA has remained silent in the face of Mayor [Svante] Myrick’s public comment. Not only being critical of the actions of the PBA but out rightly accusing our members of being racist.” said Doane.