Elected officials call for police reform with statewide "Let Us Breathe" rallies
Local elected officials, including members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, gathered in the Bronx and Brooklyn Thursday to call for police reform.
The "Let Us Breathe" rallies were held all over the state. There are a dozen bills that make up the legislative package proposed by the caucus on police reform. The first one is 50-A, a law that keeps disciplinary records of police officers private.
In the Bronx, the rally was held outside the Community Board 12 building, which is a few blocks away from where Ramarley Graham lived. Graham was an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police in his home. His mother says 50-A doesn't provide the transparency they need.
"We want a full complete repeal. No modification. We don't want none of that. We are completely sick and tired of killing and brutalizing happening again and again with no accountability, " said Constance Malcolm, Graham's mother.
Lawmakers will be bringing their legislation to Albany next week in hopes of action.