Where New York State stands one year after George Floyd murder


ALBANY, NY – Today marks one year since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. 

His murder has sparked conversations about police reform nationwide, including in New York State. 

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca reflects on some of those changes and what could be taken up next.

Since George Floyd’s killing on this day last year, the New York State legislature has passed several police reforms. 

Some of those changes have included repealing 50-A, which lifted the shield on police personnel records, a ban on chokeholds, and body camera legislation for New York State Police. 

((Rachel May, NYS Senator)) I think we did quite a lot of legislation last summer about police reform and accountability that was important, but I think there’s more to do. 

In a statement Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “Over this past year, we have seen people from every race, gender, and demographic come together to demand much needed changes to our justice and policing systems. I am proud of the historic reforms the Senate Democratic Majority has passed under my leadership, and our work is not done.”

Last week New York State Attorney General Tish James and progressive lawmakers advocated for the passage of the Police Accountability Act.

There’s also been talk about a bill to end “qualified immunity” for police, and “clean slate” legislation.  

((Nathalia Fernandez, NYS Assemblywoman)) The pressure is on to get the legislature behind these pieces of legislation, but if not this year, certainly a top priority for next session, and honestly at the call of the Speaker should he chose to bring session back throughout the break. 

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