WGRZ and other media have been granted friend status.
Buffalo, New York – The Police Charity Association and the Professional Firefighters Association of Buffalo will go to court to request an injunction to prevent publication of police discipline and fire records.
In June, the state legislature repealed 50-A and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.
50-A Keep special law enforcement disciplinary records.
In court on Wednesday, State Supreme Court Judge Frank Sadita decided whether to grant certain groups a mediator and friend status. It is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case early next month.
People representing multiple community groups wanting to cancel 50-A spoke in court before today’s hearing.
“We should be able to find out, as the general public, what the officer is charging,” said attorney Miles Gresham. “If you are arrested as a New York state citizen, your arrest record will be made public. This is something your work can discover, and this is something the public can discover. Your arrest record becomes public before you are convicted of anything. Your arrest record becomes public before the charges are proven. We are. We simply call for the police to be subject to the same standards as everyone else. “
WGRZ, the parent company, and several other media organizations have signed a friend briefing in support of the 50-a cancellation to increase the transparency of police records. On Wednesday, Judge Sedita granted that status.