Artists, managers, executives and more are calling for New York state to repeal statute 50-A, the law that shields police officers’ personnel and disciplinary records from public view.
Hundreds of members of the music community, including artists, managers, publishers, trade groups, executives and record labels, signed an open letter Monday (June 8) calling for New York state to repeal statute 50-A, the state law that shields police officers’ personnel and disciplinary records from public view.
The decades-old law has long allowed misconduct and disciplinary records of police officers to remain hidden from public view, and its dissolution has become a key piece of calls for police reform in the weeks since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
"We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his," states the letter, which was signed by Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Migos, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Nas, Demi Lovato and more. "We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence. An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately."