YWCA Board Apologizes to Binghamton Police Department
Binghamton's mayor has accepted an apology from the YWCA board of directors for accusations directed against city police after a September incident.
In a letter dated Tuesday, YWCA board president Susan Seibold-Simpson wrote that the charges made in a post on the organization's Facebook page "were unsubstantiated."
The letter to Mayor Richard David said the board "wishes to apologize to the Binghamton Police Department for its rush to judgment and these false accusations."
The Facebook post had accused police of "blatant racism and brutality" when officers responded to a September 8 dispute involving two women at the YWCA building on Hawley Street.
Seibold-Simpson's letter said the accusations against police were "due to incorrect and incomplete information provided by community members not part of our organization."
Broome County District Attorney Stephen Cornwell review the incident and concluded officers had acted "appropriately and professionally."
The YWCA letter said it's important for the organization to "have a good working relationship" with the city and the Binghamton Police Department.
In a statement responding to the apology Thursday, Mayor David said "I believe we can move past this unfortunate situation."
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