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Groups, officials want Cuomo to strengthen criminal justice proposal

Amsterdam News
Some New York state senators and Assembly members have linked up with civil rights advocates and community groups. With the Legislature holding a hearing on criminal justice reform, they have announced their support for strengthening the governor’s “Executive Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015” proposal in the 2015-2016 executive budget to require reporting on policing data.

NYPD To Create New Unit To Investigate Cop Shootings

The unit will reportedly be modeled after a similar division at the LAPD. There are already several agencies dedicated to investigating the NYPD’s use of force.
The New York Police Department wants to create a unit to investigate incidents in which cops shoot civilians, the Staten Island Advance reported. If the Force Investigation Division, as it’s being called, comes to fruition, it will be one of numerous agencies that has the authority to investigate a police-involved shooting.

Advocates, lawmakers urge Cuomo to appoint special prosecutors

Capital NY
Dozens of advocates were joined by black and Latino lawmakers for a rally outside the Senate chambers in the Capitol on Tuesday, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor when a civilian dies during police interaction. Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez, who died in 1994 after an apparent chokehold during a police encounter, urged Cuomo to sign an executive order to appoint a special prosecutor as soon as possible.

Progressives Demand Cuomo Appoint Special Prosecutor for Cop Cases


Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus today joined with minority activist groups to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo appoint special prosecutors in police killings—and to trash the governor’s State of the State proposal to create an independent monitor to review grand jury proceedings when a cop is found not guilty of a crime.