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YWCA Apologizes For Accusing Police Of 'Blatant Racism'

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The YWCA has issued an apology to an upstate New York police department after accusing it of "blatant racism and brutality" over a recent arrest.

The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports the YWCA says in its apology to the Binghamton Police Department that it rushed to judgment based on incorrect and incomplete information.

The YWCA accused Binghamton police of brutality and excessive force on social media after a woman was arrested outside its Binghamton location in September.

Mayor Richard David later defended police officers' actions.

He says he accepts the Y's apology in which the organization says it is important to have a good relationship with the city and the police department.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.