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Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and others sign open letter to New York Governor

Rihanna, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande raising their voice against the police brutality amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests

A slew of Hollywood celebrities have been raising their voice against the police brutality amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and the latest stars to join the club are Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Billie Eilish.

Rihanna along with Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Nas, Demi Lovato, and others have reportedly signed the letter, which was released in the midst of ongoing nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.

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As per reports, a large number of music industry professionals including artists, managers, record labels, such as Rihanna and many more have signed the letter urging the state of New York to repeal the state law 50-A, which reportedly shields police disciplinary records from public view.

“We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his,” the letter states.

“We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence. An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers.”

“New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately.”

The letter further says: “It is not enough to chip away at 50-A; this boulder in the path of justice has stood in the way for far too long and must be crushed entirely. It is not just a misreading of the statute; it is not just an inappropriate broadening of its scope.”

“It is the statute itself, serving to block relevant crucial information in the search for accountability. We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records.”

“But, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.”

The letter will be reprortedly sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — who has touted a reform to 50-A as part of a four-part police reform package — as well as New York Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

In response to the ongoing protests due to the racial inequality, last week Rihanna purposely shut down her brand, Fenty, in support of Blackout Tuesday.


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