NY State Senate Votes To Repeal 50-A Law Now Making Police Disciplinary Records Public

New York lawmakers are taking a stand in the midst of protests that have taken over the country. 

On Tuesday, New York State Senate has voted to repeal the state law 50-A, which used to allow police departments to keep officer’s disciplinary records private. 

The Senate led by the Democrats approved the repeal as a response to the protests that began after the death of George Floyd. Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who killed by a former white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. 

Sen. Jamaal Bailey stated, “The silver lining on this incredibly dark cloud is that the sun is finally starting to shine on injustice. Maybe it’s the unmistakable and in my opinion disputable, video evidence that we saw a live murder on TV, but it’s done something to the consciousness of America,” he continued.

“There’s a time to not only correct what we thought and knew to be a flaw in the state law but to correct misconceptions that many of us have carried for too long for things that we can never experience.” 

The Senate voted 40-22 for the repeal.