senate Bill S811

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel

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Jan 09, 2013 referred to finance

S811 - Details

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Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3570A
2009-2010: S7085

S811 - Summary

Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in NYS; provides that the commission shall consist of 9 members including 5 members appointed by chief judge of the court of appeals and 4 members appointed by legislative leaders.

S811 - Sponsor Memo

S811 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to establish a state commission to investigate patterns and prac-
  tices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of  members  of
  law enforcement personnel in the state


  Section 1. Legislative findings.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and
declares as follows:
  The  legislation  is  necessitated by a troubling pattern and practice
throughout at least three  different  gubernatorial  administrations  of
inappropriate  and possibly unlawful behavior by law enforcement person-
nel in this state, largely emanating from the executive services  detail
of  the  division of state police. Most recently, this behavior took the
form of possible intimidation of a female victim involved in a  domestic
violence  dispute  with  a  high ranking member of the Paterson adminis-
tration. While this specific incident is being investigated,  under  the
administrations  of the two previous governors, there were several docu-
mented instances where state troopers  were  also  subject  to  improper
political  influence  and used in ways that undermine the very fabric of
our democracy.
  By way of example, in 2007, a scandal erupted involving former  gover-
nor  Eliot  Spitzer's use of state troopers to monitor and gather travel
information about former temporary president of the senate Joseph  Bruno
for  purposes  of  trying  to discredit a political adversary. Under the
Pataki administration, the division of state police was  found  to  have
electronically  cleansed  a domestic dispute complaint involving a poli-
tical ally and former congressmember John Sweeney, in  order  to  shield
him  from  public  scrutiny  and  embarrassment.  These  are just two of
several occurrences that have already been documented by the  department

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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