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City & state: The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police:

January 25, 2023

Right now, the impact of the city law remains unclear due to a lack of data to analyze yet, according to VOCAL-NY’s Keli Young, the police reform group’s civil rights campaign coordinator. 

However, New York’s proposal would go further than the city’s law, and even those in Colorado and New Mexico. Unlike in those instances, New York’s repeal would not be limited to police officers and would apply to all public servants. “To be clear, the cases in which this has happened the most, in fact, has been with school officials,” Assembly Member Anna Kelles said at the rally on Wednesday of instances when the courts granted immunity. “So what we’re saying also is that we do not want to protect our children if we do not support this.”

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