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In wake of protests, New York lawmakers repeal law used to keep police misconduct records secret

Posted on AllSides June 11th, 2020
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In the wake of widespread protests against police violence and racial injustice, New York lawmakers voted on Tuesday to repeal Section 50-a of the state’s Civil Rights Law, a provision used to keep police disciplinary records secret.

The move comes days after the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press strongly urged New York officials to repeal Section 50-a, arguing that it has become an insurmountable barrier for both the press and public to access law enforcement records of police misconduct.

Since the 1970s, Section 50-a of the New York...

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