Ithaca Mayor: Officer involved in recent internal investigation given notice of termination
ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – In a Monday morning tweet, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said the Ithaca Police officer directly involved with what IPD called a “deeply troubling failure” to investigate various cases has received a notice of termination.
The officer can now accept it, or fight the notice, which would trigger an arbitration process.
As WENY News reported, the Ithaca Police Department recently reported that over the span of a decade, various cases were “inadequately investigated”. Several of those cases included an array of sex offenses.
“The impacts of this investigatory failures were by definition deeply traumatic for victims who came to the IPD seeking help and justice, and found none,” said Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick's office in a statement.
IPD says it has provided detailed records to both the District Attorney's Office and the Office of the Attorney General, and says it will cooperate in any further investigations.
The Department is also asking any members of the public to come forward in the event that they feel their previous complaint – particularly a sex offense – went unanswered by the Ithaca Police Department.
The officer directly involved has not yet been identified.
Totally agreed. We've taken appropriate action with respect to every officer involved, including termination of the officer directly involved. And instituted nine important reforms to make sure this cannot happen again.— Mayor Svante Myrick (@SvanteMyrick) January 13, 2020
Note: This article has been edited after Mayor Myrick clarified his tweet, saying the officer has not been fired, but rather issued a notice of termination.