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Families of New Yorkers Killed by Police Urge NYS Legislature to Consult with them on AG Appointment

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 8, 2018

Contact: Yul-san Liem, yul-san@justicecommittee.org, 347.676.1878


Families Call for Interim AG with Track Record of Holding Police Accountable


In response to the pending appointment of an interim New York State Attorney General family members of New Yorkers killed by police (listed below) released the following statement:


As those directly impacted by police killings of our loved ones, we fought to establish the Office of New York State Attorney General as a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute police killings of civilians. County district attorneys are too reliant on local law enforcement to maintain the independence and credibility required to investigate and prosecute police officers when they kill civilians. Since an acting Attorney General will be appointed, it is critical that the New York State Legislature appoint someone who has a strong track record of holding law enforcement accountable for abuse and unjust killings and a demonstrated commitment to effectively implement the special prosecutor executive order. 

Part of ensuring that no one is treated as if they are above the law is being willing to hold individual police officers accountable when they unjustly kill civilians and police departments accountable when they engage in systemic violations of people's rights. There are critically important pending cases being investigated and prosecuted by the office that must receive timely, thorough and transparent follow-through to secure justice for the people of New York. We urge the state legislature to consult with and listen to families of victims, like us, during its decision-making process about who will succeed Eric Schneiderman as Attorney General.



Statement Signatories

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner

Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez

Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo

Hawa Bah, mother of Mohamed Bah

Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell

Natasha Duncan, sister of Shantel Davis

Angie Hicks, aunt of Shantel Davis

Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham

Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray

Hertencia Petersen, aunt of Akai Gurley

Jennifer Gonzales, mother of Kenny Lazo's son

Victoria Davis, sister of Delrawn Small

Joshua Lopez, nephew of John Collado

Margarita Rosario, mother of Anthony Rosario and aunt of Hilton Vega

Nancy Pacheco, sister-in-law of Jayson Tirado


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