Beacon joins Poughkeepsie, Newburgh with new police transparency regulations
Jul 21, 2020 6:33 am
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that police officers in the City of Beacon will now carry business cards with their names and badge numbers, for individuals involved in interactions with city police. Police Chief William Cornett issued the order for "increasing transparency and accountability," according to a Beacon press release. But if there is an arrest or summons, police are not required to hand out the helpful cards. "This is the right thing to do, and we don’t need a law to tell us that," Cornett said. "We are simply requiring all our officers to carry and provide business cards, which will increase transparency and build trust in our community." Poughkeepsie and Newburgh recently adopted similar regulations. Meanwhile, activists in Albany began a 24-hour protest at West Capitol Park on State Street on July 20. They want legislators to pass the Elder Parole Act, the Fair and Timely Parole Act; and the HALT Solitary Confinement Act. Village of Catskill holds a meeting at 7 p.m. July 22 where they will discuss allowing an "All Lives Matter" mural on Main St. To attend, call 1-866-584-3084 at 7 p.m. July 22. There are protests planned at 4:30 p.m. July 22 in Chatham, Ghent, and Kingston. On July 23 the Capital District Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union holds a virtual forum on Defunding the Police.