NYS Assembly voting on criminal justice reform package

Updated: June 08, 2020 05:06 PM
Created: June 08, 2020 04:41 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Members of the New York State Assembly say they're trying to create a more fair and equitable criminal justice system for all people, so they're voting on a package of bills aimed at criminal justice reform.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says this package of legislation is aimed at protecting New Yorkers, improving police and community relations and bring transparency and accountability to the criminal justice system.


Here's a look at just some of the bills being introduced: 

One bill would create an "Office of Special Investigation" within the Attorney General's office, to independently investigate and prosecute incidents involving the death of a person caused by a police officer.

Another bill would require state and local police officers to tell a supervisor, within six hours of their service weapon being discharged, under circumstances where a person could have been shot.

The "Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act" would ban the use of chokeholds by law enforcement and establish the crime of aggravated strangulation.

Another bill would require all New York State Police to wear and use body cameras to be worn anytime an officer is on patrol.

"Black people and all people of colors are not anti-police, we are anti-bad police,” Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said. “For generations, we have been hunted, abused, mentally and physically by bad police, those who are supposed to serve and protect us." 

The Assembly has already passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act and the bill requiring officers who discharge their weapon where a person could've been shot, promptly report the incident. 

The bills still have to be voted on by the Senate, then sent to the governor’s desk for his signature. 

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