YWCA apologizes to City of Binghamton for inflammatory claims of excessive force, racism

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The YWCA in Binghamton is apologizing to the Binghamton police and the city for a Facebook post the organization made following a police incident, alleging police used excessive force and racially profiled a woman.

In September, the post described an incident on September 8 where officers were called to the YWCA after a black woman became involved in a fight. The post continued saying police verbally attacked the woman and wrestled her down to the ground in front of her crying child.

In a letter dated November 6, YWCA Board of Directors President Susan Seibold-Simpson wrote a letter to Binghamton Mayor Rich David, saying that the organization’s board of directors wished to apologize for the accusations made against the city and its police officers.

The apology was made after the YWCA Board of Directors reviewed all security footage and body camera footage from police.

“Upon careful investigation by the Board, it was clear that neither racism, brutality, nor aggressive behavior were exhibited by the Binghamton Police Officers,” Seibold-Simpson wrote.

Mayor David accepted the apology, stating in an e-mail to 12 News, “On behalf of the Binghamton Police Department, I accept the apology from YWCA officials. I appreciate the YWCA board’s quick response to my letter and willingness to meet to address the City’s concerns. I believe we can move past this unfortunate situation. However, it was vital to set the record straight and ensure false statements were corrected. The YWCA remains a tremendous asset in the City of Binghamton. Its mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities is a noble one that we will continue to support.”

Mayor David’s initial letter to Seibold-Simpson requesting an apology, as well as Seibold-Simpson’s letter to Mayor David and be viewed below.

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