David Buchwald Calls on Congress to Quickly Pass Proposed Bill to Tackle Police Misconduct and Racial Bias

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Assemblyman David Buchwald, running for Congress in New York’s 17th Congressional District to succeed U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, called on legislative leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate to swiftly pass proposed federal legislation on police misconduct and racial bias. The sweeping bill was first reported by the New York Times and would implement a series of much-need reforms to address systemic racial discrimination by law enforcement.

“The status-quo of racism in American institutions is unacceptable, especially in our policing,” said Buchwald. “I call on Representatives Pelosi and McCarthy, as well as Senators McConnell and Schumer, to pass the bill that will be introduced this week to take on deep-rooted racial injustice in our law enforcement departments. The time for action is now.”  

Buchwald recently called on legislative leaders in Albany to repeal Section 50-a of New York’s Civil Rights Law, which shields law enforcement personnel records from public view. He is in his fourth term as a member of the New York State Assembly and has sponsored 70 pieces of legislation that have become law. Last year, he introduced and passed the New York TRUST Act, which enables the U.S. Congress to request the New York State tax returns of top government officials -- a law which Donald Trump is now suing to block.