Myrick offers apology for April arrests on the Commons

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick gave his most extensive comments on the cases of Rose DeGroat and Cadji Ferguson last week, vocalizing a public apology for their arrests at the behest of local activists.

His words came during an otherwise uneventful Common Council meeting last week. Members of Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Black Lives Matter-Ithaca dominated a brief public comment period with requests for more information, and action, from Myrick. Ferguson and De Groat, who are both black, were arrested after a fracas on the Commons on April 6, with police use of force that seemed excessive, judging by body camera footage that was released. After an internal investigation, it was announced that none of the officers involved in the arrests would be punished.

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