May 1, 2016
Rensselaer County

Governor Cuomo Signs Conforming Order in Death of Civilian in Rensselaer County

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the issuing of Executive Order No. 147.4. The conforming order amends Executive Order No. 147, signed by the Governor last year, to include the investigation, and if warranted, prosecution by the New York State Attorney General of any alleged unlawful acts or omissions by any law enforcement officer relating to the death of Edson Thevenin on April 17, 2016 in Rensselaer County. 

The Governor signed Executive Order No. 147 on July 8, 2015, which appointed the New York State Attorney General as special prosecutor in matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians in deadly encounters with law enforcement. The order allows the special prosecutor to review cases where there is a question whether the civilian was armed and dangerous at the time of his or her death. More information on Executive Order No. 147 can be found here and here.

Executive Order No. 147.4 is available here. The full text of the conforming order can be found below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 147.4

In view of the request by the Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, my order and requirement, embodied in Executive Order Number one hundred and forty seven, dated July 8, 2015, is hereby amended to include an additional paragraph to the penultimate paragraph as amended by Executive Order Number 147.1, to read as follows:

FURTHER, the requirement imposed on the Special Prosecutor by the Executive Order shall include the investigation, and if warranted, prosecution:

 

(d) of any and all unlawful acts or omissions or alleged unlawful acts or omissions by any law enforcement officer, as listed in subdivision 34 of section 1.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law, arising out of, relating to or in any way connected with the death of Edson Thevenin on April 17, 2016, in Rensselaer County.

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