IPD Officer’s Allegations Of Discrimination Against City Administration Dismissed

ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) – A lawsuit alleging discrimination by an Ithaca Police Officer against the city is fully dismissed.

According to Mayor Svante Myrick US District Judge Mae D’Agostino rejected Officer Sarah Crews’ allegations that the city discriminated against her based on sexual orientation. Or, retaliated against her for complaining of the alleged discrimination by attempting to fire her. Officer Crews remains suspended by Chief Nayor, as she has been for roughly a year and a half – pending arbitration of the City’s intent to terminate employment. Crews has collected more than $166,000 during the suspension according to the city.

Myrick says the intent to terminate is based on reports of swearing at superior officers numerous times, unlawfully arresting a minor, citizen complaints of rudeness and confrontational behavior, and passing a stopped school bus with red lights flashing. The court noted Officer Crews admitted to much, if not all, of the allegations.

Statement of Mayor Myrick
January 28, 2021 – For immediate release
This week, U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino rejected Officer Sarah Crews’ allegations that the City discriminated against her based on sexual orientation or retaliated against her for complaining of the alleged discrimination by seeking the termination of Officer Crews’ employment. Judge D’Agostino fully dismissed Officer Sarah Crews’ lawsuit against the City and its current and retired Chiefs of Police.

Officer Crews remains now—as she has been for nearly a year and a half—suspended by Chief Nayor pending an arbitration of the City’s intent to terminate her employment for severe misconduct on the job. As required by the PBA labor contract, she has received over $166,000 (and counting) in salary and benefits throughout this suspension.

Judge D’Agostino’s decision documents Crews’ misconduct in great detail, including yelling and swearing at superior officers on numerous occasions; unlawfully arresting a minor; numerous citizen complaints of rudeness and unnecessary confrontations; rudeness with County dispatch personnel;
passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing, then demeaning the crossing guard who complained about it; failing to render assistance to fellow officers, including in a life threatening situation; telling a female prisoner she was about to search that she (Officer Crews) is a bull dyke; and repeatedly making threatening comments to officers and supervisors. A copy of the full decision accompanies this release.

The Court noted that much of the misconduct is admitted by Crews, summarizing that “Plaintiff admits to much, if not all, of the underlying conduct” and “[t]he conduct to which Plaintiff admits certainly violated the Department’s rules and regulations.” Judge D’Agostino additionally states that “[a]lthough an individual certainly has the right to object to treatment he or she believes to be discriminatory, those objections do not entirely insulate that individual from discipline when they repeatedly violate the rules and regulations of the employer.”

The City and its Police Department continue to value diversity amongst IPD Officers, and works to foster a respectful and welcoming environment for all.

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