On July 3, a few days after hearing back from the Community Police Board who had investigated my incident on March 20 of this year, I spoke at the Common Council and our Mayor. Though in this incident where off-duty IPD officer Greg Firman harassed me on my bicycle while he was driving, then body checked, handcuffed and later ticketed me–in this statement at the Common Council meeting I only briefly spoke to our public officials about the driver harassment and the lack of accountability for this off duty officer and the disappointing stance where our Chief of Police told the CPB Officer Firman did ‘nothing out of protocol or procedure’ in that incident.
After what I had to go through that morning at the hands of a member of law enforcement who has been trained to de-escalate situations and protect and serve the public, after getting slammed to the pavement and being a road rage victim, I wonder what would have happened if the on-duty officers showed up to see a civilian on top of me, instead of a member of a protected class. I feel compelled to report and pursue this abuse of power, and one has to wonder if there have been previous unreported incidents. For the good of this community and to protect the good service of the members of our Ithaca Police Department this we need to have accountability for the deliberate, reckless behavior of this officer. Read the rest of this entry »