The world has become somewhat awakened by the recent events caused by riots and Black Lives Matter being the topic of almost every conversation. With that being said, more protesters and supporters have looked deeper into why police brutality continues to happen as those officers can remain in the system.
New York State’s Civil Rights Law 50-A keeps all of the officers personnel files, including any misconduct they have committed, “Confidential and not subject to inspection or review” by the public.” This week many New York legislators are evaluating multiple bills as well as the 50-A law, and on Monday countless entertainers have come forward with their support, such as Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers, Post Malone, Lizzo and many more.
“We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his. We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence,” their open letter states. “An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately.”
“We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records,”…but, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.”
You can read their full petition here.