If police are going to be held accountable, it must be possible for civilians to access police records. Unfortunately, New York civil rights law section 50-a does not allow for civilians to access police records that would be useful in evaluating a police officer’s conduct on the job. A law, passed to protect police officers, is now used to endanger citizens by shielding officers from reasonable questions about their police conduct. It is in the interest of citizens to evaluate the performance of the the police who serve them and 50-a prevents this. This is why Enough Is Enough advocates for abolishment of 50-a.
To learn more about 50-a see: Key Documents about 50a.