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Eric Garner's mother among those who bring coffins to Cuomo

Staten Island Live

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The mother of Eric Garner was among the relatives of a dozen New Yorkers who died in police custody to bring cardboard coffins to the state Capitol to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for future cases.

Gwen Carr, whose son  died last year in police custody when officers tried to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Tompkinsville, says prosecutors who work regularly with police aren't capable of bringing those cases.

"We need someone to look at the cases objectively," she said, according to a report in the Albany Times-Union. " ... What kind of society are we living in? What kind of world is this?"

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