I am calling on you today to co sponsor S03695 (Senate)/A02513 (Assembly) and support its passage when the SENATE and ASSEMBLY convenes for a vote next week. This bill would repeal Section 50-A of the New York Civil Rights Law, which shields police misconduct records from public access. For example, 50-a prevented Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, from accessing records that detailed Officer Pantaleoâs long history of misconduct. The violence shown by NYPD against protestors in the past several days â even against Senator Myrie and Assembly member Richardson â have shown us that we need to hold our police officers accountable, not allow them to hide behind shield laws like 50-a.
Your leadership is necessary to bring it to a vote! Governor Cuomo has stated that he would sign a repeal, so the SENATE and ASSEMBLY has the ability to take decisive action. In addition to repealing 50-a, the following bills need your support and need to be brought to the SENATE and ASSEMBLY:
-The Police Statistics & Transparency (STAT) Act (A5472A-Lentol/S1830B-Hoylman);
-Special Prosecutor Legislation to strengthen and codify Executive Order 147 (A1601A-Perry/S2574A-Bailey);
-End Marijuana Prohibition and Invest in Communities - Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act (A1617B-Peoples- Stokes/S1527B-Krueger);
-Reduce unnecessary arrests for non-criminal offenses (A4053-Aubry/S2571-Bailey). Each one of these bills proposes police accountability and transparency, as well as addressing the systemic policing, arrests, and detainment of POC!
I urge YOU to lead this charge.
We must now take the time to make these changes and protect our citizens. Thank you for your time and consideration.