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Panel probes secrecy from the NYPD records in fatal chokehold case

NEW YORK – in New York, the court of appeal has heard arguments for and against the release of the disciplinary data of the officer in the centre of Eric Garner’s chokehold death.

The New York Post (http://nyp.st/2jd7a5C) reports that a judge on the panel asked Thursday why the lawyers’ disciplinary records are public, but not officers’.

A lower court ordered the records release.

But lawyers for Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) appealed. They speak of a 40-year-old state civil rights law which allows the withholding of records that are used to evaluate the performance of the police, the fire brigade and prison guards.

Proponents say that the law does not allow for transparency in government. De Blasio has said state legislators need to rewrite.

Garner is heard saying: “I can’t breathe!” repeatedly in a video, partially recorded in 2014 meeting with the police.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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