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New York State Repeals Police Protecting Law 50-A, Major Victory For Protesters

Protesters have been filling the streets in major American cities across the country. The sustained protests have disrupted life in the cities but they are working and police reform is happening across the country.

New York State repealing Law 50-A is a major win for protesters.

The Back Lives Matter protests have taken over major cities demanding police reform. New York and Louisville, Kentucky both acknowledged the protesters and have started to implement changes.

In Louisville, the city has banned no-knock warrants in honor of Breonna Taylor. The young woman was in her home when the police broke into the wrong house on a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s home was the wrong address and police shot and killed the EMT.

Law 50-A made records on police behavior a secret. It meant that the public did not have access to documented proof of police brutality and discipline. The law is often used by police departments in New York to protect police officers from public demands for information.

The New York state legislature voted on a stalled piece of legislation that reformed that law.

George Floyd’s death has fundamentally changed America unlike any videoed police death before it. The outrage is deeper, louder, bigger, and more resilient. It is clear that America is fed up with the constant barrage of proof of police brutality going unnoticed.

“The silver lining on this incredibly dark cloud is that the sun is finally starting to shine on injustice. Maybe it’s the unmistakable, and in my opinion indisputable, video evidence that we saw a live murder on TV, but it’s done something to the consciousness of America,” said bill sponsor Sen. Jamaal Bailey in a floor speech before the bill passed. “I don’t know if there could be a more meaningful piece of legislation for me and this body because it’s way more than just policy.”

People are giving all of the credit to the protesters who have used their voices to bring about the change they wanted to see.

Thousands of people have braved a deadly pandemic to demand justice for George Floyd and all of the Black men, women, and children killed by police. Even with COVID-19 infecting millions of Americans and killing more than 113,000, Americans are taking to the street for justice.

Activists are grateful for the support and the immediate change it is creating.

People have been fighting for justice for a long time in the U.S. A majority of Americans are on the side of the protesters and are coming around to the idea of reforming the police.

Protesters are not letting up as they see victory after victory. One of the main points of the protesters is reallocating some funds to the police to other resources. Activists are demanding that social workers, community programs, schools, libraries, and other public entities receive the funds. This would lead to fewer police officers answering non-crime calls sparing lives in the process.

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