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Rihanna & Ariana Grande Join Hundreds Others In Signing Police Reform Letter

Rihanna & Ariana Grande Join Hundreds Others In Signing Police Reform Letter

Rihanna and Ariana Grande have joined countless others in signing an open letter that calls for the state of New York to repeal statute 50-A.

Statute 50-A is a state law that shields police officers’ personnel and disciplinary records from public view. This has allowed misconduct and disciplinary records of police officers to remain hidden from public view.

The two singers, along with Billie Eilish, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Nas, Demi Lovato and many others have signed the letter, which reads “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 It must be repealed immediately,” it continues.

Plans are for the letter to be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

“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. It is not just a misreading of the statute; it is not just an inappropriate broadening of its scope. It is the statute itself, serving to block relevant crucial information in the search for accountability,” the letter continues.

“We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records. But, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.”

Last week, Rihanna purposely shut down her brand, Fenty, for Blackout Tuesday to recognize the racial inequality throughout the nation.

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