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Legislature considers bills that would overhaul police oversight in NYS

Lawmakers in New York are holding a virtual session to take up a package of measures aimed at tackling the oversight issues associated with law enforcement.

The bills require a range of changes including better access to police disciplinary records, and requiring a special prosecutor for investigating incidents involving law enforcement and the community when a civilian is killed.

Among those changes, an overhaul to what’s known as 50-a. A ban on chokeholds is also being considered by the legislature. Another bill would rename the New York State Thruway System, which is currently named after Governor Thomas Dewey. Abolitionist Frederick Douglas would be the name associated with the highway moving forward.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he’ll sign the bills if passed by the legislature.