Pending measure would prevent fired police officers from being rehired in NY
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics under legislation backed by lawmakers in Albany and New York City, police officers who have been fired or at risk of being fired in other jurisdictions could not be hired in New York. Support for the bill comes amid a national reckoning over policing following the murder last year of George Floyd by now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter by a jury on April 20. “We need to restore and protect the trust between our communities and the individuals sworn to protect them. We can’t do that if we have people serving as police officers who other cities or states have determined are not fit for duty,” Sen. Brian Benjamin, a Democrat from Manhattan and the measure's sponsor, said. Benjamin said the bill will increase transparency around policing and protect the public from abusive officers. The bill also comes after local governments in New York were charged with developing individual plans for changes to local policing, with input from community leaders and elected officials. Submitting those plans were ultimately tied to the release of state funding. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.