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NEW YORK (77 WABC) — State lawmakers made quick work of police reforms that Governor Cuomo proposed following the death of George Floyd two weeks ago by Minneapolis cops and led to a national movement.
Both chambers Tuesday voted to repeal a decades-old law, known as Section 50-a, that keeps records of law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records unknown.
“All across the nation, there is a shared sense of anger and frustration over the death of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of law enforcement,” said Speaker Carl Heastie. “We must provide greater transparency and accountability to the public in order for people to believe that the system is fair and just.”
The legislation is headed to Cuomo’s desk for a signature, possibly as soon as later this week.
On Monday, the state Senate and Assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act that makes it criminal for police officers to use the controversial maneuver.
Mayor de Blasio has also put forth some changes, including defunding the police in favor of minority youth programs.
However, police unions, such as the PBA headed by Pat Lynch, do not think reforms are the answer in the department.
“They created the failed strategy for managing these demonstrations. They sent police officers out to do the job with no support and no clear plan. They should be the ones facing this mob-rule justice. We will say it again: New York City police officers have been abandoned by our leadership. We are utterly alone in our efforts to protect our city,” Lynch said.
— Carl E. Heastie (@CarlHeastie) June 10, 2020