New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed part of a New York State police reform bill package into law.
The package — which consists of 10 police reform bills that passed both the New York State Senate and New York State assembly this week — will ban the use of chokeholds by police officers, among other reforms.
Cuomo signed four out of 10 police reform bills into law today. The other six police reform bills await the governor’s signature.
The four bills signed today...
- Allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by repealing 50-a of the civil rights law
- Ban chokeholds by law enforcement officers
- Prohibit false race-based 911 reports
- Designate the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the civilian deaths
Cuomo was joined by Rev. Al Sharpton and New York State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie at the bill signing ceremony at his Manhattan office.
"We had many, many Republicans voting for these bills because I think the world has enough is enough, is enough," Heastie said.
Speaking about Cuomo, Sharpton said, “he has raised the bar on how we deal with policing on this executive order.”
"Make no mistake, this is a new level that all other 49 other state governors need to look at," Sharpton added.