Repeal 50-A

This legislative package on police reform is aimed at fixing the NYPD

The Safer NY Act would make it harder for the police to hide misconduct claims, force them to report demographic data about arrests, and legalize marijuana.
06/02/2020
Fast Company

As people protested around the country in response to the death of George Floyd, the nation has seen video after video of police tear gassing, shoving, and shooting at protestors. At massive protests in New York, a police van drove through a protest, and one officer even pulled a handgun on protestors in Manhattan’s Union Square.

Meet the men who scared de Blasio away from police reform

NYPD officer unions taught the NYC mayor a lesson in 2014. He hasn’t forgotten it.
06/02/2020
City & State

The chant was hard to decipher through a bullhorn on a Tribeca street Sunday night, all the more so because the message was a bit unfamiliar. But, listen to the video posted online enough times, and you can make out what the protester was yelling: “Fuck the PBA!” 

Police Misconduct Records Are Secret. Protests May Finally Change That.

06/04/2020
New York Times

At some point, history may show us that after years of aggression, after so much brutality that suggested so little fear of consequence, it took the looting of Chanel and the reversion of SoHo to a wasteland to disable a law that has made real police accountability so difficult in New York City. It required a political class moved by fear — of disorder and desecration — rather than compelled by the logic of justice, which had been obvious for so long.

Amid protests, effort to repeal controversial police law makes headway

Activists involved express optimism, say momentum is stronger than ever.
06/05/2020
ABC News

As protests over the killing of George Floyd continue across the country, momentum in New York to repeal a decades-old police transparency law appears to be gaining steam, according to activists and legislators involved in the effort, in what they say would be a major step forward in the fight for police reform.

Communities United for Police Reform Celebrates Intro of NY Legislation to End Police Secrecy

New York, NY (June 7, 2020) – Today, Communities United for Police Reform, the unprecedented campaign uniting New York’s advocacy organizations to end NYPD violence and imagine a future of safety without relying on the police, celebrated the introduction of state legislation that will end police secrecy and fully repeal 50-a.

Communities United for Police Reform Demands Cuomo, Legislature Repeal 50-A Now

The following statement from Anthonine Pierre, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform and Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center

Communities United For Police Reform Responds to New York State Legislative Session

In response to the ongoing legislative session in New York state, the following statement can be attributed to Carolyn Martinez-Class, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform:

Families of New Yorkers Killed by NYPD & Racial Justice Groups Call on New York State Legislative Leaders to Include Police Accountability and Transparency Bills in COVID-19 Relief Package

New York – Today, families of New Yorkers killed by police came together with racial justice groups, police accountability groups, and prominent labor unions like 1199 SEIU-UHWE and 32BJ SEIU to call on the state's legislative leaders to pass police accountability and transparency measures as part of an emergency COVID-19 relief package likely to be considered in the legislature after Memorial Day.

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