Until last week New York police officers who committed misconduct or abuse had their disciplinary reports kept secret from the public. It is not the case anymore. Governor Cuomo signed a bill on Friday to immediately repeal provision 50-a of the New York Civil Rights Law that was shielding police officers, correction officers or firefighters with a history of misconduct from public accountability. Some elements such as the address of the police officer as well as his phone number and medical history will not be made public for understandable reasons.
I Can’t Breath
The repeal of 50-a is following major protests not only in NY but across the nation against police brutality toward black people and systematic racism and injustice. On May 25th, the murder of Georges Floyd caught on video and showing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes while he was begging him to stop and telling him he couldn’t breath, started nationwide protests that are still going one as today.