The statute currently keeps police personnel files confidential and basically out of the public's reach.
"We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his. We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence."
"An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately."
The letter is directed at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The petition and open letter comes in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis after former police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.
New York's Legislature is poised to take action on a police reform package that includes repealing section 50-A.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said there is a need for real discussion on how to "reinvent and reimagine policing for a new generation and a new society." He noted the discussion is a "long time coming and long overdue."
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