New York Governor Cuomo signs police reform bills banning chokeholds

The Guardian – By Joan E. Greve – June 12, 2020

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the police reform bills, which will ban police chokeholds and repeal a state law that shielded police misconduct records from the public.

After signing the bills, the Democratic governor handed out pens to the legislative leaders and activists present for the signing.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would also sign an executive order requiring local governments and police agencies to develop plans to reinvent and modernize policing strategies.

The Rev Al Sharpton applauded New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to crack down on police brutality in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The longtime civil rights activist said Cuomo had “raised the bar” for how governors should address police reform. “He has gone even beyond my expectations,” Sharpton said.

Shaprton specifically praised Cuomo’s executive order, which would withhold state funding from localities that do not enact a plan to reinvent and modernize policing strategies. “To hold funds means he means it,” Sharpton said.

The activist joked that Cuomo, with whom he has previously clashed, should “enjoy these few minutes” of his support.

Cuomo was joined at the briefing by New York’s legislative leaders, state Assembly speaker Carl Heastie and state Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, whom he thanked for ensuring the bills’ passage.

The Rev Al Sharpton and the mothers of Eric Garner and Sean Bell were also present for the briefing. Like George Floyd, Garner was killed by a police chokehold in 2014, and Bell was fatally shot by NYPD officers in 2006.

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