Gov. Cuomo issues executive order on police reform

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV/WIVB) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily briefing on Friday that he would sign an executive order on police reform.

Cuomo announced that he was launching the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.

The “Say Their Name” Reform Agenda Package was signed Friday by Cuomo. It includes:

  • Allowing for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by repealing 50-a of the civil rights law;
  • Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers;
  • Prohibiting false race-based 911 reports; and
  • Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the civilian deaths.

Cuomo also said he would issue an executive order that would require local government and police agencies to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs.

Cuomo said they must formulate a plan addressing the use of force by police officers, crowd management, community policing, implicit bias awareness training, de-escalation training and practices, restorative justice practices, community-based outreach, and have a transparent citizen complain disposition procedure to handle those and other issues raised by the community.

Cuomo said there must be community participation, and this plan must be enacted into local law by April 1, 2021, or local police agencies can lose state funding.

“We’re not going to fund police agencies in this state that can’t look at what is happening, come to terms with it, and reform themselves,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the goal is to restore trust.

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