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Lawsuit claims Ithaca police used excessive force during 2016 arrest

On Nov. 17, 2016, officers from the Ithaca Police Department arrived at a Hudson Street apartment after receiving a noise complaint. Kyle Goldstein, a 21-year-old Ithaca College student at the time, was one of the hosts. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Binghamton, Goldstein alleges police unlawfully entered his apartment, detained him, and pepper sprayed his eyes from inches away while he was lying on the ground handcuffed.

The complaint filed by attorney Edward Kopko seeks to hold two IPD officers involved, as well as former Chief John Barber and the City of Ithaca, responsible “for deprivations of (Goldstein’s) constitutional rights by illegal police conduct and police brutality.”

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