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N.Y. Republican Chairman To Campaign Against Police Reforms

N.Y. Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy
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N.Y. Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy

New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy plans to campaign across the state in support of police ahead of the 2020 election.

Langworthy spoke out against Democratic candidates for state office that want to “defund” local police departments. He also said reforms Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-led Legislature have enacted in recent years have hurt police.

“They don’t deserve to risk their safety making an arrest only to see a criminal walk right out the door thanks to the elimination of cash bail and New York’s new lousy system of revolving door justice,” Langworthy said.

Some police reforms in New York, like the elimination of cash bail, came before this year’s protests over racial injustice.

Other reforms came just in June, following the death of George Floyd.

Those laws include a ban on chokeholds, efforts to prevent race-based profiling and a measure that makes it easier to access police records.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.