BLM Ithaca Challenges Police Brutality Following Arrests

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A Black Lives Matter group is holding a rally to protest police brutality in response to the treatment of two Black individuals during three arrests that took place in April.

The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) said in a statement that officers witnessed Cadji Ferguson, 26, run across the Ithaca Commons and hit another man across the face on April 6. The officers ran to take Ferguson into custody when Rose DeGroat, 22, reportedly “attacked an officer from behind, repeatedly striking him in the head,” and then hit a second officer before she was taken into custody. A third person, identified as Riley Johnson, was arrested for disorderly conduct though officials may dismiss the charge.

DeGroat was charged with two counts of attempted assault and one count of resisting arrest. Ferguson and Johnson were both charged with disorderly conduct.

Black Lives Matter Ithaca demanded that Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and IPD…

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