Police weigh in on criminal justice system reform efforts

Police officers in the area are weighing in on the state's decision to make sweeping changes to the criminal justice system.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2020, 12:06 AM

Updated 1,445 days ago

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Police officers in the area are weighing in on the state's decision to make sweeping changes to the criminal justice system.
The New York Legislature is repealing law 50-A, and passing several criminal justice laws this week.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is co-sponsoring similar legislation at the federal level.
"It's a very important time for white people in power like me to speak less and to listen more," said Maloney.
The Justice in Policing Act will be hitting the congressional floor this month. It would ban racial profiling on the national level.
The legislation also bans chokeholds, requires use of dashboard and body cameras, creates training programs for law enforcement and empowers federal investigators to look into police departments with problematic patterns.
Detective Keith Olson, who represents 43 of Westchester's police departments as the president of the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester County, says police could use extra training.
But Olson says legislators should be asking for police input and says some of the changes will prevent officers from doing their job, which will ultimately hurt the people in their communities.
"When complaints are made against police officers, that are completely frivolous and false and are found to be such, that information is going to be available to the public as well," said Olson.
Maloney says the House will pass the federal bill this month, but does not know when the Senate will take it up for a vote and whether or not President Donald Trump will sign it into law.


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