Police investigations struggling with public cooperation

By Matt Hicks

Police investigations struggling with public cooperation

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Police continue investigating a recent series of violent attacks on the west side of Ithaca. But as they look for answers they're running into roadblocks, and that includes from the victims themselves.

Mayor Svante Myrick and Acting Police Chief John Barber said the victims in two stabbings and a recent shooting are refusing to cooperate. Even an eye witness to one of the stabbings is remaining silent.

The mayor and chief said the only way to keep the streets safe is if the community cooperates with police.

According to Myrick, a recent phone survey showed 80 percent of Ithacans trust the police department.

But, he said, there's a number of residents who do not.

In hopes of improving relations, police will deploy two-person foot patrols during the evening hours in Ithaca's West Hill neighborhood who will interact with residents and try to build their trust.