As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps across the nation, lawmakers in New York state have voted to repeal 50-A, a law that prevents criminal defense attorneys from questioning police officers about their personnel records. This comes in response to the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, along with public petitioning to have the statute repealed and an open letter by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) calling to take action on larger police reform. Over 300 artists signed the open letter addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo, including Rihanna, Lizzo, and Megan Thee Stallion, in addition to music industry managers, trade groups, executives, and record labels.
The law has prevented the personnel records of any police officer, corrections officer, or firefighter from being made public since 1976. Its protection led police departments to conceal instances of excessive force and officer misconduct.
“It is not enough to chip away at 50-A; this boulder in the path of justice has stood in the way for far too long and must be crushed entirely,” the open letter from the RIAA reads.
Beyond the letter, supporters of the repeal have reached out to Governor Cuomo via social media, including Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and the Jonas Brothers.
Governor Cuomo has vowed to sign the legislation, stating that “now is the moment of real change.”END
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