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Joint Statement from Tompkins County and City of Ithaca on Planned Rallies

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Joint Statement from Tompkins County and City of Ithaca on Planned Rallies

Friday, October 23, 2020

As local government and law enforcement leaders we are strongly discouraging attendance at any political rallies planned in downtown Ithaca for this weekend.

Planned rallies have not applied for or received permission to hold a lawful assembly – and we have serious concerns about potential violent conflict.

City and County law enforcement officers will be on hand, but we cannot guarantee the safety of participants.

Our community has always prized the First Amendment right to free speech.  Over the last several months we have demonstrated an understanding and willingness to allow even disruptive protests. Any acts of violence take away from the ability for movements to be heard and for conversations to be had. We are looking forward to more constructive conversations with community members moving forward.

As the leaders of local government and law enforcement, we all feel that tempers are quickly spiraling out of control. We implore our community to please work to find other outlets for political expression and help us avoid a potentially tragic clash in the heart of our City.

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Chairwoman, Tompkins County Legislature

Svante Myrick
Mayor, City of Ithaca

Derek Osborne
Tompkins County Sheriff

Dennis Nayor
Chief, Ithaca City Police Department

Jason Molino
Tompkins County Administrator