June 3, 2020

Pass meaningful police transparency laws

New York has failed to pass meaningful police transparency laws for years while officer misconduct has been routinely protected under the auspices of state law
Today we join our partners at Communities United for Police Reform and urge you to take action to put an end to to this. Police, like every other branch of government, must be held to the highest standards of accountability, no exceptions. Call your state representatives and ask them to immediately return to session and:
  1. End police secrecy and repeal 50-a (A2513/S3695), which shields the personnel records of police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers.
  2. Pass the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act (S1830/A05472)which requires police departments to record and report demographic and geographic data on enforcement of low-level offenses.
We realize that strengthening public disclosure laws are but a piece of a broader justice framework and will not solve for the brazen misconduct we saw in New York over the last few days. It is, however, a step towards greater accountability. 
In solidarity,
Susan Lerner & the team at CCNY
Not sure who to call? Look up your state legislator here.