Governor Signs Police Bodycam Law, Creates Misconduct Office

first_imgWNY News Now Image.ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ratified legislation requiring New York State Police to wear body cameras on Tuesday.Cuomo also ratified a measure creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office. Supporters say these new laws promote accountability, transparency, and trust in law enforcement agencies.“New York is the progressive capital of the nation, and we are leading the way by enacting real reforms to increase transparency in policing, promote accountability among our law enforcement agencies and ultimately mend that frayed relationship between the police and the community,” said Cuomo.S.8493/A.8674 requires all state troopers to wear body cameras while on patrol, and to record: Immediately before exiting a patrol vehicle to interact with a person or situationUses of force, arrests, and summonsesInteractions with criminal suspectsSearches of people and propertyCalls to a crime in progressInteractions with members of the public during investigationsInteractions with emotionally disturbed peopleWhenever an officer feels imminent dangerWhenever an officer feels the need to record time on dutyThe law also requires law enforcement to maintain video databases of all recordings. It creates no requirements for local law enforcement agencies, police departments, or sheriff’s offices.In a statement New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas H. Mungeer says, “We have never been opposed to the use of body cameras and we believe they will be more important now during this time of increased scrutiny on the law enforcement community.” Mungeer says the union has been looking into body cameras for over a year, and hopes their funding will not be taken from the existing police budget.Also Tuesday, Cuomo signed S.3595-C/A.10002, which creates the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, an independent body within the Department of Law—which is headed by the Attorney General. The new Office must review, study, audit, and make recommendation to police while increasing or protecting:Effectiveness of law enforcementPublic safetyCivil liberties and civil rightsCompliance with constitutional protections, and local, state, and federal lawsPublic confidence in law enforcementThe Office also handles misconduct complaints about any local law enforcement agency statewide, allowing for an independent review of complaints of misconduct for any local law enforcement agency. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USC women turn in a roller coaster performance

first_imgAn up-and-down weekend for the USC women’s tennis team at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships finished on a sour note Sunday, as the Women of Troy (6-2) suffered their worst loss of the season to No. 5 Baylor, 5-2.Baylor opened the match by capturing the doubles point rather easily, as the Bears’ pair of seniors Lenka Brosova and Csilla Borsanyi quickly defeated the USC junior duo of Maria Sanchez and Lyndsay Kinstler 8-4 at the first doubles pairing, followed by the Bears’ 8-5 victory at the third doubles slot.Sophomore Alison Ramos had better luck at the second singles slot, capturing a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 victory from Borsanyi, which evened the singles score after the fifth singles match had gone the Bears’ way earlier in the dual meet.Brosova took on Sanchez again in the first singles slot, with the first set going Sanchez’s way 6-2. However, Brosova made a turnaround, and captured the second set 6-4 and finishing Sanchez off with a commanding 6-1 third set victory, which would prove to clinch the victory for the Bears. Brosova would finish the championships undefeated at the top singles slot.A victory by junior Cristala Andrews turned out to be too little too late at the sixth singles slot, although Andrews’ 6-1, 6-0 victory gave the junior an undefeated run at the Indoor Championships.The Women of Troy started the ITAs against No. 14 Clemson on Friday, in a match that turned out to be among the longest of the championships.Freshman Danielle Lao and Ramos opened the match with a easy doubles victory, but the rest of the doubles matches proved long and hard-fought.The pair of Sanchez andKinstler captured a tough 8-6 victory, clinching the doubles point for the Women of Troy, but the Trojans were unable to sweep the doubles in the middle of a three-set epic with Duke sophomore No. 91 Ellah Nze when the match was stopped after the Blue Devils had already clinched the victory. Andrews and Pulido also had their doubles match stopped once the doubles point had been clinched, but were up 8-7 when play was stopped.The Women of Troy won’t play again until Feb. 23 at San Diego State, but will take the next few days to regroup from the long weekend.last_img read more

Carlos Correa injury update: Astros star (back) pulled from game vs. Tigers, sent home to rest

first_imgSince being activated from the IL in late July after his rib injury, Correa has batted .241 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He’s slashing .279/.359/.588 this season with 19 homers and 56 RBIs in 71 games for the AL West-leading Astros (80-46).He hasn’t played more than 110 games in the regular season since 2016 — his second season in the majors.Jack Mayfield shifted to shortstop Monday after Correa’s exit, but it’s unlikely he’ll take over the position if Correa misses extended time as Alex Bregman shifted over from third base for the majority of Correa’s previous IL stint. Corey Kluber injury update: Indians ace (broken arm) suffers potential setback in rehab start Braves claim speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers after Ender Inciarte’s injury Related News Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery “I don’t like it at all,” Hinch said after the 5-4 win. “It’s not comfortable, but hopefully we’ll hope for the best.”AJ Hinch on Carlos Correa who left the game with back discomfort: “I don’t like it at all. It’s not comfortable..We’ll hope for the best.” #Astros pic.twitter.com/pQ8kQsSSR3— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 20, 2019Correa missed 50 games earlier this season with a fractured rib, but this latest hiccup is worrisome because he has a history of back issues. The 24-year-old missed a month of last season with back issues before adopting a new postgame routine (which includes a foam roller and hot/cold-water tub dunks) to help loosen his back. Carlos Correa’s disappointing 2019 season took another unfortunate turn Monday when he was pulled from a game against the Tigers with discomfort in his back.After striking out in the first inning, Correa was taken out of the game and sent home to rest. Astros manager AJ Hinch said his shortstop is day to day and would be evaluated Tuesday.last_img read more