‘It can always be better’: Binghamton Police respond to downtown protest

first_img“You can’t group in the entire 800,000 police officers in the country for the actions of one. I know there’s plenty of other cases, but it’s a small percentage of bad police officers,” said Zikuski. “I hope moving forward we can have open dialogue not only here but around the country.” Some of the officers took a knee with the protesters as a sign of solidarity. One sergeant with the department hugging one of the protesters. Chief Zikuski says his officers have a right to express these actions. “We’re very progressive here at the Binghamton Police Department…always training our officers with diversity,” said Zikuski. “It can always be better. They can be better. We can be better. I think it’s time for an open dialogue in which people sit down and, you know, none of this is going to change overnight.” In addition, he says the only act of vandalism was on Main Street with spray paint on a business. However, after the protests are over and people post phrases and images of support on social media, many people are asking what happens next. 12 News asked Chief Zikuski the same question. Zikuski went on to say he does not side with the Minneapolis officers now charged in George Floyd’s death.center_img Tuesday night’s protest in downtown Binghamton ended peacefully when protesters left and then the officers left right afterward. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — In response to the Black Lives Matter protest downtown, Binghamton’s Police Chief speaks out on what he hopes for moving forward. Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says while the majority of the protest was peaceful, he says some protesters were yelling into officers’ faces while others were trying to stop it. Zikuski says shortly before 1 a.m., protesters left the downtown area. He says there were no arrests, acts of violence, or injuries reported in that night.last_img read more

Hiawatha Bridge in Owego to close, detours listed here

first_imgIf you are heading Rt. 17 Westbound or Eastbound, you will directed to use Exit 66 for Rt. 17CIf you are traveling on Rt. 17C/Rt. 434 you will be directed to Exits 66 or 64 to access Rt. 17.Rt. 17 Westbound from Rt. 434 will still be able to use Exit 65.Rt. 434 from Rt. 17 Westbound will still be able to use Exit 65. Due to the closure, drivers will need to use detour routes. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Hiawatha Bridge in the village of Owego will be closed beginning July 27 for rehabilitation.center_img The detours are posted below and provided by the village:last_img

USC nets victory in Enfield’s home debut

first_imgUSC’s 95-79 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors did not come as a surprise for new head coach Andy Enfield and his run-and-gun squad, but there was a certain atmosphere and excitement at the Galen Center on Tuesday for this year’s Trojan basketball team that had to have come as a shock for those familiar with past teams.Off and running · USC senior guard Pe’Shon Howard (10) helped lead a fast-paced Trojan attack in Tuesday’s 95-79 victory over Cal State Northridge at the Galen Center. Howard finished with seven points and two assists. – Chris Marquetti | Daily TrojanIn recent years, USC has been excruciatingly methodical, so Trojan faithful were more than pleased to see an early alley-oop dunk from freshman guard Julian Jacobs and a series of aggressive drives from sophomore guard Chass Bryan. Those types of plays came early and often for USC (1-1) on Tuesday night, and they will only increase in volume and efficiency as the season matures. Even more exciting for some was the newly founded basketball student section, the “Enzone,” which did its best to express disagreements with the referees all game long while wearing matching “Enzone” T-shirts. Still, the victory did not come easily against an experienced Matadors squad, as the Trojans were sloppy at the beginning with eight first-half turnovers and a series of ticky-tack fouls that frequently put Northridge at the foul line, allowing them to remain in contention. The Trojans were also hurt in a major way by a rough start from junior guard Byron Wesley, who made just two of eight shot attempts in the first half. He was still able to get to the free throw line, but in general the Trojans seemed over-anxious to make plays early, and were fortunate to enter the half leading by 11. “I missed a lot of easy shots, but I know when my shot’s not falling, I can do a lot of other things on the court,” Wesley said. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Out of the halftime break, Enfield saw more of the same, as a few erratic turnovers, including an ill-advised lob from Bryan, allowed the Matadors to cut the deficit to five a few minutes into the second half. USC would eventually settle down, though, thanks in large part to freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic, who made his first five shot attempts, including a pivotal three-pointer that halted a Northridge run early in the second half. Leading by just seven with roughly 10 minutes remaining, the Trojans seemed to finally find their stride, ignited by a three-pointer from senior guard J.T. Terrell that bumped the USC lead back up to double digits. Fans were surprised by the notable absence of Terrell in the starting lineup following his 20-point performance in the season-opening loss against Utah State. Enfield said the decision to sit Terrell out was because of academic reasons. “Playing time is earned in practice and in games,” Enfield said. “[Terrell] started our first game because he earned it. It’s a game-by-game decision. The way I coach, no one’s guaranteed minutes—you have to earn it on the court and in the classroom” Still, his shot proved to be the turning point, and he showed no signs of contempt for the coaches’ decision. A three from Jacobs and several layups from senior guard Pe’Shown Howard were enough for the Trojans to build up a 16-point advantage that they never came close to relinquishing for the remainder of the game. Though the level of execution seemed to fluctuate for the Trojans all game, one thing that was constant was the change in the players who were on the court. Enfield, still getting a feel for his roster, used 12 players against the Matadors. “We’re still trying to figure out everyone’s role on the team,” Wesley said. “We have a lot of talented guys ready to play.” Senior center Omar Oraby, who seemed eager to answer critics who thought he would not be able to fit well into Enfield’s fast-paced system, played with dominance, consistently muscling his way down low both on offense and defense. The Cairo, Egypt native punctuated his stellar performance with a three-point play amid multiple defenders late in the second half. His three points put the Trojans up by more than 20, and from there it was a cakewalk to the finish line for USC. Oraby finished up with 17 points and shot seven-for-eight from the field, one of his most productive offensive nights since he transferred to USC from Rice before last season. USC plays next on Friday at 8 p.m. against Northern Arizona. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.   Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more