New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he expects to sign newly passed state legislative police reform bills by the end of the week, including a ban on chokeholds by police officers and the repeal of civil rights law 50-A.
“There is a moment for change, and we are going to make change," he said as he spoke from the new Terminal B at La Guardia Airport in New York City.
Section 50-a of the New York State Civil Rights Law, was originally enacted to exempt police officers from being cross-examined during criminal prosecutions, according to the bill.
Cuomo said today marks the 17th day of civil unrest following George Floyd’s killing.
“I think it is going to turn out for the good, I said when this first started I understand what the protestors are saying and feeling, and I stand with the protestors,” Cuomo said.