LatinoJustice PRLDEF Urges Gov to Veto Bill That Undermines Ability to Take Disciplinary Action Against Police Misconduct
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2014
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Governor Cuomo must veto a bill that would effectively give the police unions control over discipline for police wrongdoing. The bill would deposit disciplinary authority over police misconduct in the collective bargaining process instead of where it should lie among officials at the local level, according to Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
“The bill will restore the notorious 48-hour rule where the Police Benevolent Association attorneys would shield officers from questioning whenever they discharge their weapons. This bill will have a devastating effect on the Latino community. It will compromise the faith that Latino youth should have in their local police especially if it shields officers who discharge their weapons and hurt or kill someone,” Cartagena said.
LatinoJustice and many activists and civil rights groups have urged that the governor veto the bill. The bill was passed with no notice to the public on the final day of the legislative session.