NYS Lawmakers to call for sweeping police reform Thursday

Solving ethical problems in Albany
Posted at 5:36 AM, Jun 04, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — A group of New York State lawmakers is going to push for sweeping police reforms Thursday afternoon.

The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus plans to unveil a package of 12 laws that include a renewed push to repeal the controversial Civil Rights 50-a Law.

That law makes it tougher for the public to access first responders' disciplinary records and was the subject of an I-Team investigation in the summer of 2019. Media lawyer Mickey Osterriecher told 7 Eyewitness News anchor Ed Drantch then that without agencies releasing those disciplinary documents, oversight is, quote, "pretty much a fox minding the hen house."

The reform package also calls for a ban on racial or ethnic profiling by police, would establish the crime of strangulation under the so-called "Eric Garner Act," would mandate police provide medical attention to people being put under arrest and calls for a reduction in the number of non-criminal arrests.

The caucus will stream its proposal of this reform package live on Facebook at 3:00 p.m.

You can read the full details of each law proposal below:

  1. Repeal of 50-a
  2. False 9-1-1 Complaints
  3. Office of the Special Prosecutor
  4. Police STAT Act
  5. Right to Monitor Act
  6. Local Independent Oversight of Police
  7. Medical Attention for Persons Under Arrest
  8. Establishes the Crime of Strangulation
  9. Failure to Obtain Medical Care
  10. Bans Racial/Ethnic Profiling by Police
  11. Reducing Arrests for Non-Criminal Offenses
  12. Expanded Use of Law Enforcement Body Cameras for both NYS Police and MTA Police