Local racial justice protests continue into their second week, Mayor Myrick speaks out

first_img Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb “I want to say to some of those who have called me out for being physically slow to join these protests that I’m sorry and that I’m shell shocked…I’m human,” he said. “My father has been arrested countless times, (based on) his height and build, when I see George Floyd being murdered by that police officer it looks like my father. I feel like I’m watching my family being killed by that police officer.”Clemons thanked the Mayor for speaking and asked the crowd to continue to educate themselves and take action moving forward.“I was not informed on all the things the mayor brought to my attention. However, I am happy and proud that I learned something new today. I’m pretty sure a lot of you weren’t aware of all of the things that he said. But now you guys are informed –– the question is now what are you going to do?” asked Clemons. “Are you going to take action or are you coming down here to make some noise?”One of the people who plans to take action is community member Aundre Seals who delivered an impactful speech the week prior outlining the last 400 years of black oppression in America. Seals reiterated his point about the long history of racial injustice in the U.S. “From 1619 to now, it has been slavery, chattel, segregation, mass incarceration.”Seals went on to announce that he wants to run for local office.“We do not have enough queer black and brown people on our common council, we do not have enough of them in our local government. I’m committed to finding out why and how I can be on common council and be in local government and how I can f*cking work with you. I want to work for you,” he said.Other speakers included Catherine Thrasher-Carroll and her daughter Maddie who both spoke about racism in the Ithaca City School District, Travis Brooks from GIAC, local performer Rochelle Matthews and several others.Speeches lasted for about three hours before the crowd took to the streets for a brief march around downtown.Sunday’s event is set to be a recurring one every Sunday for the immediate future at 2 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. center_img Anna Lamb ITHACA, N.Y. –– Even larger crowds gathered this weekend to listen to community members speak on the racial injustice in policing in Ithaca and what can be done to address it moving forward as protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers enter their second week.32-year-old Ithaca native Jordan Clemons who spoke last Sunday, took on the role of unofficial emcee bringing speakers up and leading the crowd in chants of “no justice, no peace.”“Like I said last protest, I’m shifting my life to this cause,” he said. Clemons has been a basketball coach in Ithaca for several years. He said he wanted to make Sunday’s event about hearing from voices that haven’t been heard during the last week of protests. “We can’t get anywhere if we don’t start listening to one another,” Clemons said.One of those voices that was yet to be heard was Mayor Svante Myrick who spoke for the first time publicly on Sunday. Myrick spoke about what he’s done in the past to shrink the police budget, and what he plans on doing in the future to achieve justice –– for instance holding police accountable by supporting the repeal of law 50a.50a prevents the public from being able to access police officers’ disciplinary records. A bill to repeal 50a is expected to be voted on by state lawmakers this week.“We can do internal investigations and carry out discipline but you will never know about it,” Myrick said. “What you can do now is call your state legislator.”Myrick also asked for forgiveness and understanding from the public for not speaking out sooner. Tagged: george floyd, ipd, ithaca, Mayor Svante Myrick, Protests last_img read more

Man arrested after aggravated assault of transgender woman caught on video

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(DALLAS) — A man has been arrested in connection to the beating of a transgender woman in Dallas.Dallas police announced on their blog that Edward Thomas, a 29-year-old black man, was charged Sunday with aggravated assault.Thomas is in custody at the Dallas County Jail. His bond was set for $75,000, according to the jail’s website, and it is not clear if he has obtained a lawyer.The Dallas Police Department said the incident is being flagged to the district attorney as a possible hate crime.Thomas’ arrest comes two days after the alleged assault, which was captured on video and spread widely over social media.The video shows the woman in a parking lot near the apartment complex when a man in a white long-sleeved T-shirt and white shorts runs up to her and slings her to the ground. He then pins her to the ground and starts raining left and right punches on the woman’s head. Several other men join in the assault, stomping and kicking the woman while she’s down.The woman told police her attackers used homophobic slurs during the incident.The woman told Dallas ABC station WFAA she suffered facial fractures and a right arm injury in the attack. She declined an on-camera interview.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he was “extremely angry” about the attack.“Chief [Renee] Hall alerted me this morning to the assault at the Royal Crest Apartments and I have seen a video of what happened,” Rawlings said in a statement Saturday. “I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman. I am in contact with the chief and she assured me that the Dallas Police Department is fully investigating, including the possibility that this was a hate crime.”He added, “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior.”Dallas police thanked the public for its assistance and asked for anyone with information to call authorities.Twenty-six transgender people, the vast majority women, were killed in 2018, according to tracking by the Human Rights Campaign. One of those women, 26-year-old Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón, was strangled in her apartment in Dallas on May 9.Eighty percent of trans women killed in the past six years were women of color, HRC reports. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more