On April 1st, Ithaca and Tompkins County submitted their plans for reforming public safety. Although the Common Council and the County Legislature have committed to the points of their plans, they still have a long way to go before they’re realized. The recommendations don’t have the mechanics and power of policy behind them yet, and…

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Click here to listen to every episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety. This is the last episode of part one of the Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety series. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour lays out how Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order for every municipality with a police department to reimagine its public…

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Click here to listen to every episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety. In the third episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, Ithaca Voice senior reporter Anna Lamb reexamines the most recent case of police brutality in ithaca known as the “commons incident” – and how ithaca police officers’ excessive use of…

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Listen to the first episode, The officer’s “catch-all” task & alternatives to policing, here. In the second episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, our team of reporters dive into law enforcement policies concerning excessive force – and how that’s played out on a local level in the protests for racial justice that have…

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The coronavirus crisis has highlighted and exacerbated long-standing, racial and social inequities. Now, the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others have ignited renewed outrage and mobilization against systemic racism, oppression, and police violence. What can we learn from past struggles, and how can we build a strategy for dismantling the systems that…

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