Governor Cuomo Calls on Legislature to Codify Executive Order Establishing Special Prosecutor in Cases Where Law Enforcement Officers Are Involved in Deaths of Civilians into State Law
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on the legislature to codify his 2015 Executive Order establishing a special prosecutor to investigate cases of unarmed civilian deaths involving police officers into state law. The Governor's FY 2020 Executive Budget included legislation to codify this Executive Order and enhance the accountability and professionalism of New York's law enforcement agencies. This proposal establishes an Office of Special Investigation within the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute police officers in cases where law enforcement are involved in the deaths of unarmed civilians.
AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.
A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:
We have a police misconduct Executive Order, whereby Executive Order I have the Attorney General who investigates police misconduct, if there's a shooting and the person is unarmed, that Executive Order was a temporary measure until we could pass a real bill. An executive order is done by the authority of the Governor, but it dies with the Governor. I fall over, bing have a heart attack today, that goes away. We were supposed to pass a law that enshrined a special prosecutor for police misconduct. That has never happened. I'm not going to continue to do this under Executive Order. I want a real office set up with real funding and real expertise. So, we have a lot to do.