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Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca police released a “clarification” Wednesday about the events leading up to the detention of several unarmed teenagers.
Among the information revealed in the release was that the sergeant pulled his weapon on two, not four, teenagers. Also revealed was that a third teen was stopped nearby.
The Ithaca Voice and several other media outlets interpreted a press release sent out last Friday by police and Mayor Svante Myrick to mean that the sergeant pulled his weapon on four teenagers.
The Ithaca Times’ headline: Ithaca Opens Investigations Into Alleged Racial Bias After Cop Draws Gun on Four Teens
The Cornell Sun’s headline: Ithaca Police Sergeant Pulls Gun on Four Unarmed, Minority Teens
Syracuse.com’s headline: Ithaca police sergeant pulls gun on 4 minority teens; mayor calls for investigation
However, police issued a statement on Wednesday saying that in fact the sergeant pulled his weapon on only two teens.
Here’s the background
On Aug. 9, an Ithaca police sergeant chased the teens in an unmarked car before pulling his gun on them.
Last Friday, police released a statement saying that the chase began during a period of unusually high criminal activity from 10:15 p.m. to 10:55 p.m. that involved two arsons and a violent burglary.
However, records obtained by The Ithaca Voice showed that the boys were not noticed by police until well past midnight.
On Wednesday, police issued the “clarification” acknowledging that the boys were not spotted until around 12:20 a.m.
More new information
Other new information released by the police on Wednesday said:
— The two teens stopped on Cleveland Avenue were handcuffed.
— Police say the teens stopped only when the sergeant threaten to unleash his K-9. (This was a threat, he did not have a K-9.)
— Those teens consented to a search of their backpacks “to rule them out of the arson investigations.”
— One of the subjects told the officers that he had a BB-gun in his back pack.
— Police blame one of the mothers of the boys for “verbally engaging” the sergeant.
— It’s unclear where the number four came from.