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Major reforms coming to policing in NYS as legislation moves quickly

A list of major reforms are coming down from Albany, as the legislature moves through a package of changes following protests and the death of George Floyd.

A ban on chokeholds, and a new requirement that forces New York State Troopers to wear body cameras both made it through the New York State Assembly.

“We are not anti-police. We are anti-bad-police,” said Assembly Minority Leader Crystal Peoples Stokes.

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Another piece of legislation covers those who record law enforcement. Most incidents of police brutality stem from video that has been recorded by bystanders. The newest legislation ensures that they are not targeted or charges for recording incidents involving police.

Most of the reforms are expected to pass both chambers of the legislature in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that he will sign any reforms that the legislature passes. The controversial 50-a reversal is also expected to make it through both chambers, and be signed by the Governor.

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