Police secrecy stays in place

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Police secrecy stays in place

Police secrecy stays in place

A New York Court of Appeal ruled that the state’s civil rights law, Section 50-a, forbids the public issuance or mention in court of a police officer’s personnel record without judicial approval.

The court agreed “that the public has a compelling interest in ensuring that” the city “effective steps to monitor and discipline police officers.” The court concluded, “The remedy must come not from this court, but from the legislature,” which has the power to change the law.

It is time the law is changed. Contact your state legislators to overturn Section 50-a. Public trust in the police requires more transparency, not less.

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