Some of the biggest names in the music industry are joining the call for reform of policing in New York, said the CNN Entertainment.
Among those who signed an open letter were Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Meek Mill, The Jonas Brothers, and many others.
They are specifically asking New York legislators to repeal section 50-A of New York State’s Civil Rights Law.
The statute currently keeps police personnel files confidential and basically out of the public’s reach, said the report.
The open letter stated, “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 It must be repealed immediately.”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 is addressed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
The petition and open letter come in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
The letter goes on to state, “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.
New York’s Legislature is poised to take action on a police reform package that includes repealing section 50-A.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said there is a need for a real discussion on how to “reinvent and reimagine policing for a new generation and a new society.” He noted the discussion is a “long time coming and long overdue.”