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Mothers press Cuomo to follow through on police oversight

Capital Pro

ALBANY—The mothers of New Yorkers who have died during police interaction are urging lawmakers to reject any “watered down” reforms to the criminal justice system, forcing Governor Andrew Cuomo to make good on his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to handle such cases.

After meeting in April with the mother of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man whose death in police custody ignited protests in New York and around the country, and other relatives of people who have died during police interactions, Cuomo said he would unilaterally appoint a special prosecutor to review cases of police-involved civilian deaths if the Legislature didn't act on his proposal for an independent monitor.

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