Rihanna is leading a party of performers using their voices to cleanse the justice system.
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Hundreds of artists, managers and creatives penned an open letter urging New York State to repeal statute 50-A which shields police officers’ personnel and disciplinary records from public view.
Put simply, it allows corrupt officers to hide their bad behaviour from the people they are employed to serve.
We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his. We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence. An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately.
The letter, which was also signed by Megan thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Migos and Billie Eilish, will be sent to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records. But, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.
Learn more about the how the entertainment industry is responding to the murder of George Floyd here.