A retired Binghamton police sergeant is furious that an event on future law enforcement spending is to be held at a park named in memory of his daughter who was murdered in 1984.

David Lindsey was surprised when he saw notices posted in his North Side neighborhood promoting a forum on how to spend "excess police funds."

The event is scheduled for Sunday at Cheri Lindsey Park, which is named for the 12-year-old girl who was killed while she was collecting on her newspaper route.

David Lindsey in the "Binghamton Now" studio on January 3, 2020. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Lindsey, who worked for the Binghamton police department for more than two decades, said he views the park as "sacred ground."

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Lindsey said he feels holding an event on developing plans "to divest from the police" is "kind of a slap in our face... to my family, my daughter and the neighborhood and even the police department."

Lindsey said the park "is sacred to me and my family and it always will be." He said there are many other places where the police funding forum could be held.

Posters placed on utility poles indicate the forum is sponsored by a coalition that includes Citizen Action of New York, Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier, Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow and Truth Pharm.

An announcement of the Binghamton forum on the Citizen Action of New York - Southern Tier Chapter Facebook page.
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