New York Passes Bill to Unveil Police Discipline Records

June 10, 2020

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New York legislators repealed a decades-old law which prevented police officers' disciplinary records from public scrutiny, the AP reports. The passage came Tuesday as charges were issued against a NYPD officer accused of mistreating of a protester following the death of George Floyd. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign the law, which will make complaints against officers, transcripts and final dispositions of disciplinary proceedings public for the first time in decades. Activists have been calling for repeal of the law since 2014, in the aftermath of the police killing of Eric Garner. “This is no time for rejoicing,” said State Senator Kevin Parker, a Democrat representing parts of Brooklyn. “This bill has been around for over a decade … And the only reason why we’re bringing it to the floor now because the nation is burning.” The repeal passed mostly along party lines, with Republicans saying the law would allow the release of unsubstantiated or false complaints against officers.