The Ithaca Police Department has been investigating a suspicious death at the Canopy by Hilton hotel in downtown Ithaca since early afternoon Friday. There is no information that indicates the victim is affiliated with Cornell, according to Cornell University Media Relations.
As you may know, Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick ’09 recently released a plan to replace the Ithaca Police Department with a new “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety.” The department would be divided between armed “public safety officers” and unarmed “community solution workers.”
The plan has received fulsome praise and withering criticism. It deserves neither. I was part of the process that led to this document. Though the mayor badly botched the rollout, the vision behind the plan is exactly right. If we separate process from substance, we can still achieve meaningful change.
In the wake of Ithaca Police Department controversies and months of protests, Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 and town officials have released a set of proposals which would dramatically alter the structure of law enforcement in the city.