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Cuomo signs police reform bill package, including ban on chokeholds

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is signing into law a sweeping package of police accountability measures that received new backing following protests of George Floyd's killing. The laws include one allowing the release of officers’ long-withheld disciplinary records.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 12:25 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 5:37 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a sweeping package of police accountability measures that received new backing following protests of George Floyd's killing.

The laws signed Friday include one allowing the release of officers’ long-withheld disciplinary records.

They will ban police chokeholds, make it easier to sue people who call police on others without good reason, and set up a special prosecutor’s office to investigate the deaths of people during and following encounters with police officers.

New York Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jessica McRorie said the department would review the law allowing the release of disciplinary records and use it to ensure transparency and fairness.

Cuomo also said he will sign an executive order requiring local police departments to work with their communities to develop plans to reform policies and procedures. He said the changes must be in place by April 1, or the state will withhold funding to the departments.

"Sit down at the table with the local community, address these issues, get to the root of these issues, get a plan, pass that plan by your local government and if you don't -- you're not going to get any additional state funds. Period," said Cuomo. "We are not going to fund police agencies in this state that do not look at what has been happening, come to terms with it and reform themselves."

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