New York Legislature considering bill to force police to disclose more information

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police departments would have to report more about arrests and the deaths of people in custody under legislation pending in the New York state Legislature.

Advocates for criminal justice reform and their legislative allies detailed the bill today.

The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Senator Daniel Squadron, both Democrats, would require police departments to follow a single, statewide process for reporting information about everyday arrests — as well as cases in which a person is killed while in custody.

The arrest information would include the race, age and gender of the suspect, where they were arrested, and whether they were held following their arrest or released.

Advocates say the state needs more information to determine whether minorities are treated differently by police.

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