Binghamton Mayor Blasts “Angry Mob” After Police Reform Hearing
Mayor Richard David says the move by protesters to gather outside the home of the Binghamton City Council president was "reprehensible and unacceptable."
David released a statement Tuesday afternoon strongly criticizing the actions of those who showed up at Sophia Resciniti's West Side residence shortly after she shut down of virtual hearing on police reform.
Resciniti ended Monday evening's session after those participating via Zoom used offensive language.
The mayor said some people outside City Hall "began banging on the glass to the meeting space where President Resciniti was with two employees of the Clerk’s Office." Police officers escorted Resciniti to her car.
A short time later, according to David, about 30 people "many dressed in black, assembled in the dark outside her house, where she was with her family."
In his statement, the mayor said "the protestors shouted profanities and insults." He said they called for Resciniti to come outside. The group had dispersed by the time police arrived.
David said: “This was not a peaceful protest, but an angry mob seeking a confrontation at someone’s family home."
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