Musicians Sign Open Letter Wanting Police Reform In New York

Musicians Sign Open Letter Wanting Police Reform In New York

Some of the biggest names in music have signed their names on an open letter urging the repeal of a statute that blocks police misconduct records in New York State. The movement is called Repeal Statute 50-A. The letter says, “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.” Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Migos, Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, The Jonas Brothers, Nas, and Billie Eilish are just a few who have electronically signed the letter.

See the full text of the letter below and at this link, where the full list of signatories can also be found.

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 It must be repealed immediately.

It is not enough to chip away at 50-A; this boulder in the path of justice has stood in the way for far too long and must be crushed entirely. It is not just a misreading of the statute; it is not just an inappropriate broadening of its scope. It is the statute itself, serving to block relevant crucial information in the search for accountability.

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.

Thank you.