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A10697 Summary:

BILL NOA10697
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08849
 
SPONSORRules (Simotas)
 
COSPNSRO'Donnell, Barron, Gottfried, Epstein, Abinanti, Dinowitz, Seawright, Reyes, Simon, Jaffee, Barrett, Taylor, Mosley, Darling, Fernandez
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 214-g & 837-w, Exec L
 
Prohibits members of the state police, police officers, and peace officers from intentionally covering their badges.
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A10697 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10697
 
SPONSOR: Rules (Simotas)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting members of the state police, police officers, and peace officers from intentionally covering their badges   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Prohibits members of the state police, police officers, and peace offi- cers from intentionally covering their badges   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 and 2 amends the executive law to prohibit state police members that are acting in an official capacity from intentionally covering their badge identification. It also establishes a fine of $500 for each such violation. The bill also requires the 'superintendent to create a telephone number, to be posted on the division of state police's website, which individuals can call to report violators of this law. Section 3 provides the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): N/A   JUSTIFICATION: Recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations stemming from police brutality have highlighted that many law enforcement agents have been covering their badge numbers and hiding their form of identification during interactions with the public. As a result, inappropriate interactions with law enforcement cannot readily be reported for review because the public is not able to identify the officer/s who is/are involved in the inappropriate conduct. Clear identification is necessary to ensure the safety of civilians and that they are able to report any unwarranted brutality or harm. This bill will provide individuals with a civil reme- dy should a law officer intentionally cover their badge while acting in an official capacity and creates a direct complaint line to which such actions can be reported. In addition, this legislation will serve as a deterrent against law enforcement intentionally hiding their identifica- tion to avoid accountability for their actions.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: N/A   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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