City Official Voices Support For Full Repeal Of Police Secrecy Law

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October 20, 2019 - 11:58 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The head of the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board now thinks the public should be able to view the personnel records of NYPD officers.

The public doesn’t currently have the right to review the internal personnel files of police officers, firefighters and correction officers. The rationale behind the law, known as 50-a, is that criminals could use information about officers to exact revenge.  

CCRB chair Fred Davie went on Twitter to say that he supports a repeal of the law. He says he was going to make his view public at a state Senate hearing last week but was silenced by Mayor de Blasio, according to the New York Post.

The mayor supports a partial rollback of 50-a but not a full repeal. He reportedly didn’t want the disagreement publicized.

Davie said he disagrees with a Post report saying he was "muzzled" by the mayor.

The mayor’s office hasn’t responded to the tweets.

While the NYPD has shown support for a partial repeal, police unions don’t want the law dismantled.

Among those who favor a repeal of the law is Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who died after he was put into a choke hold by an NYPD officer on Staten Island in 2014.

“Because of 50-a, I can’t find out the misconduct, discipline histories of the other officers who was involved in killing of Eric and covering it up,” Carr said.

“It’s restricting us from finding out who did what to our loved ones. It makes it close to impossible for me to truly fight for justice,” she said.

The officer who put Garner in a choke hold, Daniel Pantaleo, was fired from the NYPD this past summer.