WITNESS Joins Over 100 Families and Organizations Calling to Repeal NY Police Secrecy Law 50-a

On December 24, 2018, WITNESS joined Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and over 100 organizations and family members of people killed by the police in New York to call for a full repeal of police secrecy law NYS 50-a.

This law makes records of police misconduct unavailable to the public. As highlighted in our Profiling the Police project, “The law now gives officers a blanket shield from public disclosure or accountability and unfairly puts the burden on the community to expose abuses and push for accountability.”

According to the letter sent to New York state lawmakers, “Full repeal of 50-a is the only way to guarantee an end to officially sanctioned secrecy for police misconduct and the systemic lack of discipline and accountability for misconduct. The public should have the right to know how police departments respond when officers engage in misconduct.”

The full letter is available here.

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