ALBANY, N.Y. – On June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his “Say Their Name” reform agenda, to make policy changes to end police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
"Mr. Floyd's murder was the breaking point of a long list of deaths that were unnecessary and abusive, and people are saying enough is enough, we must change and we must stop the abuse," said Cuomo.
The 'Say Their Name' reform agenda includes:
- Allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law
- Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers
- Prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime
- Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement
NY should lead the way and pass the “Say Their Name” Reform Agenda:
1. Make police disciplinary records transparent
2. Ban chokeholds
3. Make false race-based 911 reports a hate crime
4. Attorney General must act as independent prosecutor for any police murder case pic.twitter.com/WDypKqeo3Q
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2020
"Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority - 99.9 percent - of police who are there to do the right thing. It restores the confidence, the respect, and the trust that you need to make this relationship work. You have to heal the police-community relationship for the sake of the police and for the sake of the community,” said Cuomo. “As the progressive capital of the nation, New York should be at the forefront of this movement, and I want to work with the Legislature to pass these policy priorities next week to reform our systems and put a stop to this abuse once and for all.”
Cuomo said he with work with the state legislature to get these policies implemented as soon as next week.