From protest to policy: News 12 talks to Sen. Jamaal Bailey about law enforcement reform

There have been many times when an act of violence by a police officer who took the life of a Black man is followed by outrage, protests and calls for change.

News 12 Staff

Jul 16, 2020, 11:58 PM

Updated 1,410 days ago

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There have been many times when an act of violence by a police officer who took the life of a Black man is followed by outrage, protests and calls for change.
As chair of the Code Committee, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey has been on the front lines of that change.
New York enacted into law three significant changes in a matter of weeks - the repeal of Section 50a, which kept police disciplinary records private, another that mandates police officers report any time they fire their weapon within six hours, and a third that requires police to provide people in custody with medical or mental health services.
The Police STAT Act also forces departments to compile and report arrest data, including demographic information.
Critics have said the changes make an already difficult job even tougher for police.
News 12 asked Bailey what he would say to people who say it's just a case of some bad apples.
"It's not about apples spoiling the bunch, it's about if you have bad apples, people don't want to buy apples. It's about a lack of trust the public will have for police, which they shouldn't," he says. "We are seeing people opening their eyes to injustices that have been happening for so long. So for for many, I say welcome to the party."
 


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