Miguel, Lauren Jauregui, Diplo and More Artists Support New York Repealing 50-A Shield Law

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The 44-year old provision shields officers' disciplinary records.

A number of artists are speaking out in support of the movement to repeal New York's nearly five-decade-old 50-A provision, which shields police officers' disciplinary records from being shared with the public. The push to overturn the provision of New York's Civil Rights Law comes amid a national reckoning over police brutality and tactics in the wake of the police-caused killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, as well as dozens of incidents of overzealous policing of protesters over the past two weeks.

Among those pushing for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a repeal of the law are Miguel, Lauren Jauregui and Robin Thicke, as well as Diplo, who celebrated on Tuesday (June 9) when the New York State Senate voted to repeal 50-A by a vote of 40-22, with every Republican voting against the repeal; Cuomo has said he will sign the bill. The statue calls for all personnel records used to evaluate an officer's performance to weigh continued employment or promotion "shall be considered confidential and not subject to inspection or review without the express written consent of such police officer, firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, correction officer or peace officer …. except as may be mandated by lawful court order."

The elimination of 50-A would make complaints against officers and transcripts and final dispositions from disciplinary hearings public for the first time in 44 years.

See the artist's tweets below.

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