On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case brought by New York City police unions to stop the City of New York from releasing officer misconduct and discipline records to the public following the repeal of the police secrecy law 50-a, by the New York State Legislature.

Last year, the district court denied, with one limited exception, police unions’ request for a preliminary injunction to block the City of New York from publishing officer misconduct databases. Police unions (along with corrections and fire unions) are appealing the district court decision in the Second Circuit, seeking to overturn the district court’s ruling that allowed for the vast majority of misconduct and disciplinary records to be made public.

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) sought—and was granted by the court—permission to intervene in the police unions’ attempt to re-entrench police secrecy and will be presenting oral argument opposing the police unions’ appeal. CPR is also cross-appealing to allow for release of the narrow category of records on which the district court granted temporary injunctive relief.