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Ithaca cop put in choke hold

An Ithaca Police officer was reportedly put in a choke hold at around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say it happened when the officer approached four teenagers that were allegedly spray painting graffiti on the seventh floor of the Cayuga Street Parking garage.

When approached, one of the four teenagers became hostile, put the officer in a choke hold and then fled on foot.

A second officer that was called for backup spotted the suspect fleeing the scene, after which a brief foot chase ensued. The young man resisted arrest, and the officer used his taser to subdue him.

Charges are pending against the assailant. His name is not being released at this time.

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