Ithaca Mayor Promises Investigation Into Report of Cop Drawing Gun on Group of Teens
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is calling for an investigation after a police officer pointed his gun at four teens when they allegedly ignored his orders to stop running away.
Ithaca Police say the teens were in the same area of two car arsons that occurred back on August 9th. A plain clothed officer who was in the area in an unmarked vehicle attempted to stop and question them in connection with the fires.
Investigators say the teens ran away and when the officer got out of his vehicle. The group turned around and began approaching him.
At that time, police say the officer drew his gun and ordered the teenagers to lie on the ground.
In a statement to the press Ithaca Mayor “Mayor Svante Myrick called for an investigation and said he would not jump to conclusions or pre-suppose that the officer acted improperly.
Myrick did say he wants "every citizen of Ithaca to feel that the police department is there to protect and serve them.”
Myrick says an internal investigation will be conducted by the police department and a second independent investigation will also be conducted.