The NYPD police union entered a law-suit to stop the release of body-camera videos. The PBA says making the videos public violates the civil rights of police officers, referring to 50-a of NY’s civil rights law. Patrick Lyn, PBA president, says the release of videos “jeopardizes the privacy rights of citizens who are captured in police videos.”
Newsday has called for the repeal of 50-a. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Mayor de Blassio have also said they want to change the law, which now closes most files pertaining to police discipline.