Five months after the City of Ithaca approved cutting the number of Ithaca Police Department officers by nine in an effort to close the city’s $3-million budget deficit, IPD is operating with minimum staffing, according to an Ithaca Police officer.
After seeing a surge in stabbings, shootings and other attacks on West Hill, the City of Ithaca deployed specialized, “zero-tolerance” police patrols to the area. The move comes on the heels of multiple, unresolved acts of violence in the city.
In response to complaints about motorists who ignored the No Left Turn rule, which applies to motorists driving from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., officers from the Ithaca Police Department conducted traffic enforcement Monday afternoon on West Buffalo Street and North Fulton Street.
Carrying candles and signs with messages such as “Who investigates the police?” or “No more police killing,” about 75 people gathered near the site of a 2010 shooting on West Buffalo Street Saturday for a vigil commemorating the third anniversary of the death of Shawn Greenwood, a black Ithaca resident who was shot and killed by a white officer of the Ithaca Police Department.