On Tuesday, lawmakers in Albany approved a bill that allowed the public to access police records, known as 50a.
The Democrat led officials in the Senate and State Assembly agreed that 10 bills pertaining to police brutality would be voted on.
Some of the bills included have been stuck in circulation for decades because of resistance from police unions. The demonstrations agains the murder of George Floyd have been impactful enough
to push them to the front of the line.
Police unions are still opposed to the repeal of section 50a and have even filed a joint memorandum, undervaluing officials for rushing the bills and calling it “an attack on law enforcement.”
The Police Conference of New York released a statement saying:
“We are further concerned that the intent behind the purported legislative agenda appears to be to destroy the morale of law enforcement, to subvert our rights and standing in the community, and to expose us to increased risk.”
In response to this, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo, said they are not anti police, they are anti bad police. She also said:
“We understand you want to go home to your families, we want to go home to our families too.”