New York police, firefighter, correction unions sue to block release of some disciplinary records

  • Source: New York Post
  • Published: 07/16/2020 12:00 AM

Police, firefighter and correction officers unions have asked a judge to block the release of officers’ disciplinary records in cases where claims against them are unsubstantiated following Albany’s repeal 50-A law, according to new court papers. The some 60,000 officers who are represented in the lawsuit, claim that when the records concerning officers disciplinary matters are released beginning as early as Wednesday, they will also include non-final and unsubstantiated allegations. The unproven allegations cannot be allowed to be publicized in an internet “data dump” because it will “absolutely destroy the reputation and privacy — and imperil the safety — of many of those firefighters and officers,” the Manhattan lawsuit from late Tuesday alleges. The so-called 50-a law — which previously prevented officers disciplinary records from being publicly released — was overturned in a wave of reform sparked by the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


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