Judge Dismisses Charges Against Woman Involved in Ithaca Commons Incident
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) - Charges have been dropped against the woman involved in an April incident on the Ithaca Commons.
Judge John C. Rowley dismissed all felony charges against Rose de Groat on Friday.
Video released after the incident shows de Groat and Cadji Ferguson, who are both black, being forcefully arrested by Ithaca police. Ferguson was tasered during the arrest.
The incident lead to an internal police investigation which found no wrongdoing by the officers involved.
In his ruling, Judge Rowley noted that video of the incident contradicted testimony given by at least one of the officers involved.
"Officer Herz was not justified in using a taser on Mr. Ferguson,” he wrote.
Rowley also said that de Groat only acted instinctively to protect Ferguson. The judge blamed police for failing to properly handle the situation.
The request for dismissal was filed by de Groat's attorneys.