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Human Rights Group Reacts to Mayor David's Talk of Vetoing Its Law

Binghamton Mayor Rich David has signed an Executive Order changing some police procedures, including ways to collect data.

David also said he'd veto a controversial piece of legislation aimed at the department.

David's Executive Order calls for annual diversity training. The Human Rights Commission, the group behind what is known as the Police Modernization Law, has learned of David's announcement that he will veto its law if it reaches his desk. David said that his office never had any input in this Police Modernization Law, which called to improve diversity and change data collection on police stops in an effort to avoid racial profiling. We spoke with members of the Human Rights Commission tonight.

Cory Ray, a member of Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT), a group which has been working with the Human Rights Commission, said, "The mayor has his own way of using the political system. We use coalition, we use consensus and as we see through the executive order he likes to isolate his supporters."

Human Rights Commission member Sean Massey said, "As much as Mayor David thinks this is a dead issue or is over with we're continuing. I know that Councilwoman Rennia is going to continue holding the MPA meeting discussing this. We have an edited version of the law taking into consideration their recommendations and their concerns. We're going to push forward with the legislation."

Members of PLOT and the Human Rights Commission say they applaud that Binghamton officers have been using lapel cameras.