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police discipline

We sit down with members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board. Rochestarians approved the PAB referendum in November with 75 percent of the vote. In January, City Council approved the board’s nine members. The PAB is tasked with investigating complaints of misconduct made against Rochester police officers. Board members aren’t meeting in person during the pandemic, but they are working on independent research – this, amid conversations about police-community relations and defunding the police.

This hour, we talk to board members about their roles and work, about legal issues surrounding the PAB, and more. Our guests:

  • Shani Wilson, chair of the PAB, activist, and physician assistant who specializes in internal medicine 
  • Celia McIntosh, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, vice chair of the PAB, and nurse practitioner
  • Ida Pérez, member of the PAB, chair of the Scrantom Street Block Club, and director of of Ibero early childhood services
  • Rabbi Drorah Setel, J.D., member of the PAB, and Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that he would sign a bill that “reforms” a section of state law that’s regularly used to shield police disciplinary records from public disclosure if members of the state Legislature reconvened in Albany to approve such a measure.

The statute, Civil Rights Law Section 50-a, is commonly used by local governments to block requests to view disciplinary records of police and correction officers.

"I would sign a bill today that would reform 50-a," Cuomo said.