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[Vox] The fight for transparency in police misconduct, explained

New York’s repeal of section 50-a — which allowed police to shield misconduct records — is a big win for activists, but there is more work to be done.

By Stephanie Wykstra | Jun 16, 2020

On June 12, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed several police transparency and accountability bills, including a repeal of 50-a. Malcolm and other advocates point to the surge of protests against police brutality sparked by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd — in addition to the work of groups like Justice Committee and Communities United For Police Reform (of which Justice Committee is a member) — as the impetus that finally pushed the bills through.

“Now families like mine and people who are brutalized by police won’t have to rely on leaks to get information about the officers who abused them,” Malcolm said. “So this is a very big victory for us.”

Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham, mother and father of Ramarley Graham, during a vigil for their son in the Bronx on March 22, 2012. Graham, 18, was shot in the chest by police officers in his grandmother’s bathroom after the officers entered the house without a warrant. | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

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