“#New York lawmakers begin passing series of police reforms”
June 8, 2020 | 8:22pm
New York State Senate members work during a Senate session.
AP Photo/Hans Pennink
Both the Assembly and Senate passed five bills by early evening Monday — including one banning police chokeholds.
That measure is named after Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after Officer Daniel Pantaleo body slammed him with a chokehold in 2014 as a video showed him shouting, “I can’t breathe.” Pantaleo was fired after a years-long process that included a grand jnury failing to indict him, a federal investigation bringing no charges and then an NYPD internal trial.
Another bill passed requires law enforcement to file reports on suspects apprehended for low-level offenses who died in custody.
A third proposal requires the police to report any incident when they discharge a firearm.
A fourth bill makes it a crime to make false or hate-based 911 calls. The legislation was triggered by Amy Cooper, a woman who made a false 911 call on black man who was a bird watcher in Central Park.
Meanwhile, they passed legislation that would bar police officers from interfering with citizens recording videos.
The Assembly also passed a measure that requires state police officers to wear body cameras, which are already used by the NYPD.
A bill that would require the release of disciplinary records of police officers is expected to pass on Tuesday.
Lawmakers are also expected to pass a law authorizing the state attorney general to investigate cases when a suspect dies in police custody, codifying an executive order approved by Gov. Cuomo.
They also will approve a proposal to create an independent investigative office in the attorney general’s office to review, study and audit the practices of law enforcement agencies.
A 10th bill would require emergency services be provided to suspects that require medical attention.
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