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Several families of New Yorkers who were killed by police are asking for the repeal of the police secrecy law.

In the wake of George Floyd's death, people are demanding the repeal of the law, which is used to shield police disciplinary records from the public.

In the wake of George Floyd's death, people are demanding the repeal of the law, which is used to shield police disciplinary records from the public. Laws in some states across the US explicitly exempts police records and disciplinary history from public view. Police records are confidential in 23 states wherein laws in New York, California, and Delaware specifically make law enforcement officers' personnel records confidential. Records have limited availability in 15 states, and records are public in 12 states.

Out of the 50 states, New York has arguably the broadest police secrecy law in the country. Section 50-a of the state's civil rights statute shields police misconduct records from release and its scope has steadily expanded over the decades to hide records from the public, including police shooting reports, transcripts of administrative trials, and even anonymized data on police use of force. In 2018, BuzzFeed News released secret internal files of more than 300 active New York City police officers who had committed offenses that would merit firing.

In the wake of George Floyd's death, New York civil liberties groups are demanding the state to repeal its police secrecy laws. In response to this, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign a bill to reform the law. Democrats in the New York State Senate and State Assembly recently met to discuss the protests sparked by Floyd's killing, as well as legislation to address Section 50-a and police misconduct records, but details of the meeting have not been made public yet.

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