New York officer misconduct and disciplinary materials
On Friday, June 12, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill repealing Section 50-a of the state’s Civil Right law, which had previously been used to prevent the disclosure of police office misconduct allegations and investigations.
On Monday, June 15, MuckRock — with support from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and legal assistance from the Law Offices of Cory Morris — began sending Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to every police department in the state to prevent the destruction of these records and demand the release of all disciplinary records.
At least a dozen New York police departments claim to have no misconduct records from the last 50 years
At least 12 New York state police departments claim to have no records of officer misconduct from the past 50 years, according to responses to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.
New York State senator blasts requests, saying police transparency “unintended consequence” of police transparency bill
A New York state senator blasted MuckRock’s latest transparency project to access police disciplinary records, calling it an “unintended consequence” of recent legislation designed to allow access to police disciplinary records.
For almost fifty years, police disciplinary records in New York state have been kept confidential under the state’s Civil Law Section 50-a. That all changed last week, and now we’re working to make as many of these previously secret documents public as we can. Here’s how to follow along.