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Binghamton YWCA calls Binghamton Police Officers actions “blatant racism and brutality” in Facebook post

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The YWCA called actions made by Binghamton Police Officers "blatant racism and brutality" following an arrest made at the YWCA in Binghamton on Saturday. Now, an investigation is underway.

According to Binghamton Police, just after 3 p.m. on Saturday officers responded to a call of two females fighting in the lobby of the YWCA at 80 Hawley Street.

After investigating, police arrested a 36-year-old Endicott woman on several charges including criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and harassment. 

According to Binghamton Police the criminal trespass charge is based on a complaint made by an employee of the YWCA. 

On Tuesday, the YWCA posted a statement on Facebook addressing an incident that it says occurred between a resident and her former partner. 

The post states "…In retrospect, calling the police on a black woman with a child was a dangerous mistake…"

It goes on to say, "…More BPD officers arrived on the scene and began to verbally attack her. Without justification, they wrestled her to the ground using what any reasonable person would define as excessive force. All of this occurred in front of her young son who was screaming out for her the entire time…"

The organization then called the incident "…blatant racism and brutality on the part of the BPD officers…"

We reached out to the YWCA executive director on Wednesday for an interview. She denied to comment until the investigation is complete. 

We also reached out to Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski for an interview, he said, "It is an ongoing pending criminal investigation and it is also a personal complaint and State Civil Law prevents me from discussing any particulars of the incident."

We’ve asked police for the full report of the arrest, we’re told that could take up to five days. We’ll continue to update you on this incident as we learn more information. 


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