The Problem of Secrecy, Failure to Discipline and the Power of Police Unions: Maya Wiley Addresses Inadequacies of Police Reform Measures

Maya Wiley (‘92), professor at The New School, penned an NBC News op-ed discussing the party-line differences in police reform plans, the need to repeal secrecy laws and establish national data sharing to provide public accountability, and the danger of certain contractual protections in undermining disciplinary actions (“Trump’s Police Executive Order and Senate’s Blocked Bill Prove Neither Take Reform Seriously,” June 25). “We must have fair labor conditions for all workers, including police officers, but that cannot come at the price of democratic oversight and public safety. Who knows how many lives would have been saved if police departments took complaints seriously? It is literally the very least these departments and officials could do — and it’s still not good enough.”