NY State Assembly Passage of ‘Police-STAT Act’ Celebrated by Police Reform Group

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Carolyn Martinez-Class: “New York is finally on the cusp of collecting and publicly reporting critical policing data from departments throughout the state so communities, advocates and lawmakers can see the impact of policing on New York’s communities."
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Police-STAT Act passed the NY Senate on Monday. It now awaits the signature of Governor Cuomo.

Monday, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) celebrated a momentous step that brings New York one step closer to stronger accountability, safety and justice through transparent and reliable access to critical police data via the Police-STAT Act.

The #PoliceSTATAct is one of three bills that Albany legislators are expected to vote on this week from CPR's Safer NY Act legislative package. The other two bills are a repeal of New York's police secrecy law (50-a) and a bill that would codify and strengthen the office of special prosecutor to investigate police killings.

The New York State Assembly passed the Police STAT Act (S1830C/A10609) for the fifth year in a row. The Senate passed the bill for the first time today. It now goes to Governor Cuomo’s desk to be signed and become law.

“New York took a vital step today toward a future with greater transparency, safety and justice for its communities through passage of the #PoliceSTATAct,” said Communities United for Police Reform spokesperson Carolyn Martinez-Class. "New York is finally on the cusp of collecting and publicly reporting critical policing data from departments throughout the state so communities, advocates and lawmakers can see the impact of policing on New York’s communities.

"We will finally know how many New Yorkers are killed by police or die in police custody, beyond just those that get caught on video. We will finally have numbers to show what communities across the state already know about who is the subject of discriminatory and abusive stops, tickets and low-level enforcement. This brings us a step closer to holding law enforcement accountable for the harm it causes in so many New Yorkers’ lives.”

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