Dear Governor Cuomo:
We are 18 family members whose loved ones were killed by police officers in New York State during the last 25 years. We are writing to you today to express our deep disappointment with your proposal for a “Special Counsel” that you included in your budget proposal for the current legislative session.
Many of us fought for and ultimately worked with you in 2015 to create the historic executive order for a special prosecutor for police killings in New York. Although a special prosecutor can never address the injustice and pain that our families faced when police took the lives of our loved ones, we know that it has been an important step towards improving accountability and transparency for police killings of civilians.