New York State lawmakers in the US on Tuesday rescinded a decades-old law under which disciplinary records of law enforcement officers are kept confidential. This move to make the records of officers and complaints of misconduct public is one of several bills that determine the accountability of police, which are being considered in the state legislature. Such laws are being sought to be repealed following the death of black man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Many of these bills were proposed years ago, but their demand has intensified after nationwide demonstrations condemning police brutality. The repeal of this law, known as Section 50-A, will make public the grievances against officers as well as documents of disciplinary action. Governor Andrew Kumo, who recently supported reform of the law, said in view of the protests that he would sign an order repealing the law. Currently, only the state of Delaware has such a law.