De Blasio signs sweeping police reform legislation into law

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July 15, 2020 - 3:46 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed sweeping City Council police reform legislation into law. 

During a news conference in the Bronx Wednesday afternoon, de Blasio signed six different police reform bills into law, as volunteers painted a "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street behind him. 

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“So much of what we need to do starts with people at the community level demanding change,” he said. “And the Black Lives Matter movement has to be a constant going forward.” 

“This is a moment of not just crisis and challenge, this pandemic, this economic crisis, this cry for social justice, layer upon layer of challenge, it is not just pain and frustration, it is also a moment for transformation,” he added.

The City Council passed the package of legislation last month amid protests calling for an end to police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death. 

Among other things, the bills do the following: criminalize chokeholds and similar techniques during arrests; require new oversight of the NYPD’s surveillance technology; give people the right to record police; require officers to have their shield numbers and names visible; and establish a system to review complaints or disciplinary actions made against officers.

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