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Common Council holds public hearing on Reimagining Public Safety draft report, another forum tonight

ITHACA, N.Y. –– Community conversations continued this week regarding the joint recommendations to reform local law enforcement by the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County as members of the Ithaca Police Department, concerned citizens and elected officials came together in a special meeting of the City of Ithaca Common Council Tuesday. The special “Committee of […]

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Southside forum gives Black voices a chance to react to public safety reform package

ITHACA, N.Y.—March will mark 10 months since the day police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, killed George Floyd. Conversations around reimagining or reforming public safety have swept through the United States, ramping up locally in Tompkins County through protests, conversations and calls to action. One such conversation took place March 4, called “The Future of Public Safety” […]

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Ithaca “Back the Blue” rally demands rejection of police reform; event marked by brief fights

UPDATE: The original version of this story misidentified the person who attempted to steal the flags before they were burned, setting off a small fight at the event. Their name has been removed. ORIGINAL STORY: ITHACA, N.Y.—Protesters clashed again in Ithaca on Sunday, March 14, this time squaring off over support for police, Black Lives […]